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USS Miami (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Double-ender Sidewheel Steamer Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the wooden-hulled gunboat Miami at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 16 November 1861
  • Commissioned, USS Miami, 29 January 1862, LT. Abram Davis Harrell in command
  • During the Civil War USS Miami was assigned to and participated in:
    Joined CDR. Porter's Mortar Flotilla on the Mississippi River, 19 March 1862
    The attacks on Forts St. Philip and Jackson at New Orleans
    Siege of Vicksburg
    Reconnaissance duty on the James River and blockade duty in the North Carolina sounds
    Dueled with the Confederate ram CSS Albemarle near Plymouth, N.C. in April 1864
    Back on the James River Miami supported General Grant's drive on Richmond
  • Decommissioned, 22 May 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard,
  • Sold at auction, 10 August 1865.
  • Documented, 30 November 1865, SS Miami was in commercial service until 1869
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 730 t.
    Length 208' 2"
    Beam 33' 2"
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement 134
    Armament
    one 80-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 9" Dahlgren smoothbore
    four 24-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Miami 90k USS Miami coaling from a schooner near Roanoke Island, N.C., while serving in the North Carolina Sounds, circa 1862-64.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 46255
    Tommy Trampp
    Miami 115k USS Miami crew on the forecastle, circa 1862-64. Frank W. Hackett, a former officer of the ship, wrote in 1910: "The officer standing in the background, at the extreme prow of the ship, is W.N. Wells, Executive Officer. The man in the foreground with his arm on the nine-inch gun is White, the gunner. Sergeant of Marines, Stanley, is sitting in the foreground, near the capstan". Men are playing checkers by the capstan. Anti-boarding nettings are rigged on each side of the ship but rolled up in front of the bow guns. There are a number of black sailors visible among the crew. The text of Mr. Hackett's comments was provided by John W. Hinds in 1994
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60873
    Tommy Trampp
    Miami 88k USS Miami black crew members sewing and relaxing on the forecastle, starboard side, circa 1864-65. This image is a detail from the right side of Photo # NH 60873.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55510
    Tommy Trampp
    Miami 138k "The Rebel Ram Attacking Federal Gun-Boats at Plymouth, North Carolina" An engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", May 1864, depicting CSS Albemarle driving off USS Miami, after ramming and sinking USS Southfield (foreground), 19 April 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59161
    Tommy Trampp
    Miami 81k "After a shooting trip ashore, officers of the gunboat [USS] Miami relax on deck with the hounds", circa 1864-65. Note officer with shotgun and game bag, with two hunting dogs at his feet. Seated Lieutenant at left holds a smaller dog while sharing a newspaper with other officers nearby. Quoted caption data comes from Miller's Photographic History of the Civil War, Volume 6, page 199.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60987
    Tommy Trampp
    Miami 104k A photograph by Matthew Brady of a crew manning an XI-in Dahlgren smoothbore gun. This is probably USS Miami. Note anti-boarding netting; ship's wheel at left; cartridge boxes, cutlasses and revolvers worn by some men; gun-handling equipment and Marine by the rear of the gun. USS Miami carried IX-inch Dahlgren smoothbore guns on a slide-pivot mounting at the extreme bow and stern. See Photo #s NH 46255 and NH 60873 for views of Miami showing similar details.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61933
    Tommy Trampp
    Miami 89k Lieutenant Commander Charles W. Flusser, USN, (1832-1864) was born at Annapolis, Maryland, on 27 September 1832. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1847 and graduated with the Class of 1853. During the Civil War, he commanded the gunboats USS Commodore Perry and USS Miami in operations in the North Carolina Sounds area. LCDR. Flusser was killed in action on 19 April 1864 in the engagement between Miami and the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49566
    Tommy Trampp

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