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USS Resolute (I)


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Civil War Medal

Screw Tug:
  • A wooden, screw tug built in 1860 at Keyport, N.J.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 7 May 1861, from A. Degroot of New York
  • Commissioned USS Resolute, 12 May 1861, Acting Master William Budd in command
  • USS Resolute was assigned to the Potomac Flotilla
    Participated in attacks against Confederate shore batteries at Aquia Creek, VA., 29 May 1861
    Captured and burned the schooner Somerset, 8 June 1861, in Breton Bay
    Sweep Confederate mines in the upper river, 7 July 1861
    Captured the coaster Ocean Wave, 18 July 1861, at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River
    Suffered the loss three men killed and one wounded, 15 August 1861, when her boat unsuccessfully attempted to capture a Confederate boat at Lower Cedar Point, VA.
    Destroyed four boats, 31 August 1861, inshore at Ferry Landing, VA
    Captured schooner Jones, 11 August 1862
    Took sloop Capitola 8 November 1862
    Participated in protecting the unloading of grounded Army transport George Peabody, mid-July 1863, at Mathias Point
    Resolute patrolled St. Inigoes Creek, St. Mary's River, St. George's Creek, and the mouth of the Rappahannock, into 1864
    From August to October 1864, acted as tender to the coast defense monitor USS Roanoke anchored off Point Lookout
    Under major overhaul 12 October 1864 to 11 January 1865 at Washington Navy Yard
    Resolute returned to the Potomac Flotilla to resume cruising duty. Steaming largely off Cockpit Point, Liverpool Point, and between Sandy Point and Indian Head
  • Decommissioned, 26 May 1865, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Sold, 24 June 1865, at Washington, D.C., to T. J. Southard
  • Redocumented 8 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, remained in merchant service until abandoned in 1899
    Specifications:
    Displacement 90 t.
    Length 88' 2"
    Beam 17'
    Depth 7' 5"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 17
    Armament
    one 24-pdr howitzer
    one 12-pdr howitzer
    Propulsion steam
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    Anacostia 203k The attack upon the batteries at the entrance of Aquia Creek, Potomac River, by the United States vessels USS Pawnee, USS Yankee, USS Thomas Freeborn, USS Anacostia, and USS Resolute, June 1st, 1861. On May 31st Captain Ward, in command on board of the Thomas Freeborn, and assisted by two more of his gunboats, the Resolute and the Anacostia, began the attack on the Confederate batteries, and after a two hours' fight, succeeded in silencing the batteries at the landing; but, for want of long-range ammunition, could not effectually respond to the heavy fire from the heights, and so had to withdraw. The following day, however, with additional aid from the Pawnee and Yankee, the attack was resumed, and the batteries were at last silenced and the Confederates compelled to retreat." Frank Leslie, 1896.
    US Navy photo # HN 73736 of an engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861.
    Tommy Trampp
    Montgomery (III) 158k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, pages 456-457, depicting a large number of Navy ships off the New York Navy Yard, early in the Civil War. Vessels shown include (from left to right): USS Montgomery;
    USS Vandalia;
    USS Brandywine;
    USS North Carolina;
    USS Potomac;
    USS Savannah;
    USS R.R. Cuyler;
    USS Mount Vernon;
    USS Roanoke;
    USS Resolute
    and USS Wabash. A rowing launch is underway in the foreground.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59308
    Bill Gonyo

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