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USS Chippewa (III)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Unadilla Class Screw Gunboat:
Built in 1861 as a wooden screw steamer gunboat at Webb and Bell, New York
Launched, 14 September 1861
Commissioned USS Chippewa, 13 December 1861, at New York Navy Yard, LT. Andrew Bryson in command.
Departed New York, 25 December 1861
During the Civil War USS Chippewa was assigned to blockade service between Fort Monroe, Va., and Hatteras Inlet, N.C.
Assisted in capture of English blockade runner, brig Napier, 29 July 1862
Assigned in October 1862 to search for CSS Florida in the West Indies and South Atlantic
Returned to Port Royal, S.C., 30 May 1863, for service with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.
Chippewa participated in the attacks on Fort Wagner, S.C., from 13 to 21 July 1863
Took part in the bombardments and capture of Fort Fisher, N.C. in December 1864 and January 1865 and Fort Anderson, Cape Fear River, N.C., in February 1865
Chippewa patrolled the James River between March and May 1865
Decommissioned, 24 June 1865, at Boston
Sold, 24 June 1865, at New York 30 November 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 507 t.
Length 158' 8"
Depth of Hold 12'
Draft 10' 6"
Speed 9 kts
Complement 114 officers and enlisted
one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
one 20-pdr Parrot rifle
two 24-pdr howitzers
rigged as a two masted schooner
two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
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||Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, July-December 1861 volume. depicting the ten "90-Day Gunboats" constructed for the U.S. Navy in
1861-62. Ships, as identified in the image are from left to right;
USS Unadilla and
USS Sagamore. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59367
||Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, depicting Chippewa under construction at the Webb & Bell shipyard, New York City.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59371.
|Bill Gonyo and Tommy Trampp
USS Chippewa (III)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 10 June 2016
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