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USS Sciota (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Unadilla Class Screw Gunboat:
Laid down in the summer of 1861 at Philadelphia, by Jacob Birley and J. P. Morris and Co.
Launched, 15 October 1861
Commissioned USS Sciota, 15 December 1861, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, LT. Edward Donaldson in command
Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Ship Island, MS
Captured blockade runner Margaret, 6 February 1862
Reassigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
Participated in the action at Forts St. Philip and Fort Jackson running past the forts 24 April 1862
Participated in the attacks and passed the Confederate forts at Vicksburg, 28 June 1862
USS Sciota participated in the attack of Galveston, 3 January 1863
Collided with the Union steamer USS Antona in the Mississippi and sank, 14 July 1863
Raised and refitted at New Orleans in late August 1863
Sciota returned to blockade duty off the Texas coast in December 1863
Participated in a reconnaissance of Pass Cavallo, TX. with USS Granite City, 31 December 1863
Sciota and Granite City participated in the landing of troops at Smith's Landing, TX., 21 January 1864
Captured schooner Mary Sorly, 4 April 1864
Captured Prussian schooner Pancha Larispa, 13 September 1864
Took the British schooner Cora Smyser, 14 September 1864
While clearing torpedoes in Mobile Bay, 14 April 1865, Sciota struck a torpedo and sank
Raised in July 1865 and sold at public auction at New York, 25 October 1865
Subsequent employment as a merchant ship and as a Chilean warship
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 Parrott rifle
two 24-pdr howitzers
rigged as a two masted schooner
two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
USS Sciota (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Donaldson, Edward||15 December 1861 - 22 July 1862|
|02||LCDR. Lowary, Reigart Bolivar||22 July 1862 - 1 June 1863|
|03||LCDR. Henry, Edmund W.||1 June 1863 - 31 July 1863|
|04||LCDR. Perkins, George Hamilton||31 July 1863 - 13 February 1864|
|05||LCDR. Gillis, J Hames H.||11 March 1864 - 2 October 1864|
|06||LCDR. Adams Jr., Henry A.||2 October 1864 - 3 May 1865 |
|07||Act. Vol. LT. Magune, James W.|| 3 May 1865 - 25 July 1865|
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