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USS Kansas (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Kansas Class Gunboat:
  • Built in 1863 at Philadelphia Navy Yard (machinery taken from prize steamer Princess Royal)
  • Launched, 29 September 1863
  • Commissioned USS Kansas, 21 December 1863, at Philadelphia, PA., LCDR. Pendleton G. Watmough in command
  • Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, at Wilmington, N.C. in March 1864
    Participated in the engagement with the Confederate ironclad-ram CSS Raleigh, 6 May 1864
    Captured British blockade runner SS Tristram Shandy, 15 May 1864
    Forced blockade runner Stormy Petrel ashore, 7 December 1864, where she was destroyed by a gale
    Participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865
    Reassigned to the James River in February 1865 to support General Grant's drive to Richmond
  • Decommissioned, 4 May 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 28 July 1865, LCDR Clark H. Wells in command
  • Assigned to four year deployment encompassing the South Atlantic Ocean region
  • Decommissioned, 22 September 1869, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 26 September 1870, LCDR. Norman H. Farquhar in command
  • Assigned to the Tehuantepec surveying-expedition to determine the feasibility of constructing an interoceanic canal across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec which separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Pacific Ocean
  • USS Kansas was assigned to various additional surveying duties in 1872 and 1873
  • Participated in the show of force at Cuba in November 1873 as a result of the Virginius affair
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1875, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Sold, 27 September 1883, at Rockland, ME. to CAPT. Israel L. Snow
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 625 t.
    Length 129' 6"
    Beam 29'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 10' 6"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 108
    one 150-pdr rifle
    two 12-pdr rifles
    two 20-pdr Dahlgren rifles
    two 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    Propulsion steam
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    351k "Capture of Blockade Runner Annie October 31, 1864.-Sketch by Charles F. Ellmore."
    From left to right: USS Howquah; USS Alabama launch; USS Wilderness; USS Nipon; blockade runner Annie; USS Kansas; USS Alabama.
    Flickr - State Archives of North Carolina
    John Spivey
    Kansas (I) 129k USS Kansas on the James River, circa February-April 1865. Note her white smokestack, and three officers seated on shore. Collections of the Library of Congress
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # LC-B8171-2691
    Bill Gonyo
    Kansas (I)
    149k CDR. Charles L. Huntington, USN served in the Civil War and was attached to USS Kansas in 1866 at the time of ship's four-year voyage in the South Atlantic.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 48978
    Robert Hurst

    USS Kansas (I)
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