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USS Sassacus (I)


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Civil War Medal

Sassacus Class Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as a wooden, double-ended sidewheel steamer at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard
  • Launched, 23 December 1862
  • Commissioned, USS Sassacus, 5 October 1863, at Boston Navy Yard, LCDR Francis A. Roe in command
  • During the Civil War USS Sassacus was assigned to North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, off Wilmington, N.C. in January 1864
    USS Sassacus with the aid of USS Florida destroyed the blockade runners SS Wild Dayrell, 1 February and SS Nutfield, 4 February 1864
    Damaged by encounter with the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle, 5 May 1864
    Reassigned to the James River, 22 June 1864
    Participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865
    Participated in operations against Forts Anderson and Strong on the Cape Fear River in February 1865
    Reassigned to the James River in late February in support of General Grant's advance on Richmond
  • Decommissioned and laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 13 May 1865
  • Sold, 28 August 1868, to John Roach
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 974 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth 11' 6"
    Draft 9' (loaded)
    Speed 14.5 kts
    Complement 145
    Armament
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 24-pdr howitzer rifles
    one 12-pdr rifle
    one heavy 12-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion steam
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    Sassacus (I) 81k 19th Century photograph of an artwork, depicting USS Sassacus ramming the Confederate ironclad, during CSS Albemarle's engagement with Federal gunboats on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. Sassacus was hit in a boiler and disabled during this action. Albemarle was not significantly damaged by the ramming or by gunfire.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1500.
    Bill Gonyo
    Sassacus (I) 145k Artwork by Bacon, published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 58, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907 depicting USS Sassacus ramming CSS Albemarle, in Albemarle Sound, N.C., 5 May 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79923.
    Bill Gonyo
    Albemarle 143k "Wood versus iron" 19th Century photograph of an artwork by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864. It shows CSS Albemarle engaging several Federal gunboats on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. USS Sassacus is in left center, ramming the Confederate ironclad. Other U.S. Navy ships seen are (from left): USS Commodore Hull, USS Wyalusing and USS Mattabesett. The Confederate transport CSS Bombshell, captured during the action, is in the right background. Albemarle was not significantly damaged during this action, which left Sassacus disabled by a hit in one of her boilers. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1673. From the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, presented by George R. Babcock, 1938. Robert Hurst
    Sassacus (I) 118k Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 4 June 1864, depicting USS Sassacus ramming ">CSS Albemarle, during the Confederate ironclad's engagement with US Navy gunboats in Albemarle Sound, N. C., 5 May 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59162.
    Bill Gonyo
    Albemarle 71k Battle between USS Sassacus and CSS Albemarle, May 1864.
    Copy of painting. ,1883 - 1966. Image from Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S).
    National Archives ARC Identifier: 513022
    Robert Hurst

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