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USS Planter (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Built at Charleston S.C. in 1860
  • During the Civil War Planter served the Confederate as a dispatch boat and transport at Charleston, S.C., 1861-62
  • On 13 May 1862, Robert Smalls, a slave and Planter's pilot, took the ship out of Charleston harbor and delivered her to the US Navy while her commanding officer was away
  • Taken into the Union navy, 30 May 1862, Acting Master Philemon Dickerson in command
  • USS Planter was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, and turned over to the Union Army
  • Redocumented, 17 November 1866
  • Final Disposition, lost from unknown causes 1 July 1876
    Displacement 300 t.
    Length 147'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 3' 9"
    Speed 12.5 kts
    Complement 161
    one long 32-pdr
    one short 24-pdr howitzer
    Propulsion steam

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    Planter 247k Steamer SS Planter at Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    Photo from the New York Public Library Digital Image Collection.
    Bill Gonyo
    Planter 72k Steamer SS Planter loaded with a 1000 bales of cotton, at Georgetown, S. C., probably in 1860-61 or 1866-76.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 74054, courtesy of E.D. Sloan, Jr., 1971.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Planter 78k Engraving of USS Planter published in Harper's Weekly, 14 June 1862.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63568
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Planter 110k Engraving of Robert Smalls, Pilot of the Confederate Army armed transport Planter, who ran his ship out of Charleston Harbor, S. C., in the early morning of 13 May 1862 and delivered her to Federal forces. Planter carried several other black men, women and children to freedom in this daring escape. published in Harper's Weekly, 1862
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58870
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Planter 883k The Union Army Medical supply boat Planter at General Hospital wharf on the end of Appomattox Street, Hopewell, VA. on the James River circa 1865.
    Library of Congress photo # 02055a
    Bill Gonyo

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