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USS Barataria (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sternwheel Iron-clad Gunboat:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Seized by the Union Army at New Orleans, 25 April 1862
  • Transferred to the Navy 1 January 1863
  • Outfitted for Navy service at New Orleans as a gunboat for the shallow inland waters of Louisiana
  • Commissioned USS Barataria, date unknown, at New Orleans, Acting Ensign James F. Perkins in command
  • USS Barataria struck a snag in Lake Maurepas at the mouth of the Amite River, the morning of 7 April 1863
  • Final Dispostion, when efforts failed to refloat the ship she was torched by her crew to prevent her falling into enemy hands
    Displacement 400 t.
    Length 125'
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft 3' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    four 32-pdrs Parrott howitzers
    Propulsion steam
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    Barataria (I) 186k A wood engraving from a sketch by F. H. Schell of USS Barataria snagged in Amite River, LA., and under attack by Rebel Guerrillas published in Harper's Weekly, May 9, 1863.
    Library of Congress image
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Barataria (I)
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