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USS Black Hawk (I)
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USS New Uncle Sam (1862)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer (Tinclad):
  • Built in 1848 as SS Uncle Sam, at New Albany, IN.
  • Purchased by the Navy at Cairo, IL., 24 November 1862
  • Commissioned, USS New Uncle Sam, 6 December 1862, LCDR. K. R. Breese in command
  • Renamed USS Black Hawk, 13 December 1862
  • During the Civil War USS Black Hawk serviced as flagship of the Mississippi Squadron and;
    Participated in the operations around Vicksburg, MS. (December 1862)
    Capture of Fort Hindman, AR. (11 January 1863)
    Attack on Haines Bluff, MS. (29 April-2 May)
    Siege of Vicksburg (19 May-4 July)
    Red River Expedition (12 March-29 May 1864)
  • Thereafter she patrolled in the Mississippi River and its tributaries
  • Accidentally burned and sank, 22 April 1865, three miles above Cairo
  • Raised and sold at St. Louis in April 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 902 t.
    Length 260'
    Beam 45' 6"
    Depth 8'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 30-pdr rifles
    one 12-pdr rifle
    one 12-pdr smoothbore
    Propulsion steam

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    Black Hawk 549k General Pope's division boarding steamers at the levee,Cairo, IL. in May 1862 to reinforce General Hallack near Corinth, MS. Steamers include New Uncle Sam, Yankey (Yankee) and Alick Scott. Illustration from "The Illustrated London News", 31 May 1862. Tommy Trampp
    Black Hawk 59k USS Black Hawk in 1863, while she was Flagship of the Mississippi Squadron.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 499
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 94k USS Black Hawk in 1863, in the Mississippi River with a tug tired up alongside her starboard bow.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49992
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 51k USS Black Hawk on the Western Rivers, during the Civil War.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49993
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 139k USS Black Hawk moored to the bank of one of the Western Rivers, while serving as Mississippi Squadron flagship during the Civil War.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56675
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 85k USS Black Hawk tied up on the Western Rivers, while serving as Mississippi Squadron flagship during the Civil War. Another river steamer is offshore, beyond Black Hawk's bow.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56676
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 83k Sepia wash drawing by F. Muller, circa 1900, of USS Black Hawk. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55838
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 92k Pen and ink drawing of USS Black Hawk by Samuel War Stanton, depicting the ship operating on the Western Rivers during the Civil War. Collections of the Navy Department, 1967.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55838
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Black Hawk 99k water color of USS Black Hawk depicting the ship operating on the Western Rivers during the Civil War. Tommy Trampp
    Baron de Kalb 152k Currier & Ives Lithographed and hand colored Civil War Battle Scene print from 1960. "THE BOMBARDMENT AND CAPTURE OF FORT HINDMAN, ARKANSAS POST, ARK., JAN.11, 1863". Hand colored though silk-screen stencils this Civil War print came from a limited edition in 1960. Ships participating in the bombardment include:
    USS Baron De Kalb
    USS Cincinnati
    USS Louisville
    USS Black Hawk and
    USS Rattler
    Tommy Trampp
    Black Hawk 137k Contemporary line engraving, after a sketch by Adam Rohe, depicting USS Black Hawk's destruction in an accidental fire on 22 April 1865, above Cairo, Illinois. Courtesy of George Stegmann.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56677
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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