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USS Genesee (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Octorara Class Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched 2 April 1862
  • Commissioned USS Genesee, 3 July 1862, CDR. William M. Macomb in command
  • During the Civil War USS Genesee participated in the following:
  • North Atlantic blockading Squadron
    Provided escort duty for US mail steamers in the James River before joining the blockading force off the coast of North Carolina
    West Gulf Blockading Squadron at New Orleans
    Participated in the expedition up the Mississippi to cut off Confederate supplies from the Red River and operations at Vicksburg
    Returned to blockade duty in the Gulf of Mexico, 11 September 1863
    Assisting in the destruction of the blockade running steamer Fanny in September 1863.
    Took part in the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1865, at Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 3 October 1867 to Purvis and Son, converted to a sailing bark, renamed SS Hattie C. Besse
  • Final Disposition, wrecked, 20 November 1871, 20 miles south of Cape Flattery, WA.
    Displacement 803 t.
    Length 209'
    Beam 34' 11"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 8.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    one 10" Dahlgren gun
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    six 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Genesee 89k USS Genesee off Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March 1863.
    US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 53871. Donation of T.D. Wilson, USN.
    Tommy Trampp
    Genesee 102k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 27 May 1865, page 325 depictsUSS Genesee protected with anti-torpedo nets, during operations to clear Mobile Bay, AL., of Confederate "torpedoes" (mines) during the last months of the Civil War.
    US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 53872
    Tommy Trampp

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