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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"
    Beam 28'
    Depth of Hold 12'
    Draft 10' 6"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 114 officers and enlisted
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    rigged as a two masted schooner
    two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
    single screw

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    Unadilla 82k 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 Chippewa
    USS Sciota
    USS Itasca
    USS Winona
    USS Huron
    USS Ottawa
    USS Pembina
    USS Seneca
    USS Unadilla and
    USS Sagamore. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59367
    Robert Hurst
    Chippewa 60k 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)
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