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USS Tioga (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Genessee Class Sidewheel Steamer Gunboat:
Laid down as a double-ended steam gunboat in the summer and fall of 1861, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
Launched, 18 April 1862
Commissioned USS Tioga, 30 June 1862, LT. George W. Rodgers in command
USS Tioga was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, James River Flotilla, 5 July 1862
USS Tioga ascended the James River to support beleaguered Union troops at Harrisons Landing, covering the final phases of the Army's Peninsular Campaign
and frequently exchanged fire with Southern batteries and sharpshooters
Reassigned, 29 August 1862, to the Potomac Flotilla
Before taking up duty on the Potomac Tioga was again reassigned, this time to the newly established West India Squadron to counter the threat of Confederate commerce raiders
Took British schooner Avon, 14 February 1863
Captured British schooner Florence Nightingale, 13 March 1863
Captured British sidewheel steamer SS Granite City, 22 March 1863
Took British sloop Justina, 23 April 1863
Captured the British schooner Julia, 27 June 1863
Took Confederate steamer SS Herald, 25 September 1863
Ordered to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, 22 September 1863
Participated in the capture of the sloop Last Trial late September 1863
Took an unidentified schooner off Grand Bahama Island, 4 January 1864
Captured sloops Swallow, 20 March 1864 and Oriental about the same time
Yellow Fever caused Tioga to head north to Portsmouth, N.H., in the spring o1864
Decommissioned, 29 June 1864
Recommissioned at Portsmouth, 6 June 1865
Transferred to the Gulf Squadron in October 1865, arriving at Pensacola, 30 November 1865
Decommissioned, at New York Navy Yard, 8 May 1866
Sold, 15 October 1867
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 819 t.
Beam 34' 11"
Draft 10' 2"
Depth 12' 3"
Speed 11.5 kts
one 10" Dahlgren smoothbore
six 24-pdr howitzers
Propulsion steam and sail
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||View looking forward from atop the USS Tioga port paddle box, showing the gun crews at their posts. Taken at Bangor, Maine, during or shortly after the Civil War. Note: large Parrott rifled gun on a slide-pivot mount forward; 32-Pounder smoothbore gun nearer the camera; African-American sailor in the 32-Pounder gun's crew; fire buckets, bearing the ship's name, hung around the capstan; shot rack on the hatch in lower right; sail rigged to the foremast by hoops; windsail ventilator rigged abaft the mast; boat davits and rigging for masts and the smokestack.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85666 Courtesy LCOL. W. J. O'Brien
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USS Tioga (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Rodgers, George Washington||30 June 1861 - 9 November 1862|
|02||CDR. Clary, Albert Gallatin||9 November 1862 - 22 September 1863|
|03||CDR. Newcomb, Henry S.||22 September 1863 - 25 October 1863|
|04||LCDR. Stanton, Oscar F.||25 October 1863 - 23 November 1863|
|05||LCDR. McCauley, Edward Yorke||23 November 1863 - 29 June 1864|
|06||LCDR. Whiting, William D.||6 June 1865 - 8 May 1866|
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