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USS Mackinaw

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sassacus Class Sidewheel Steamer Gunboat:
  • Built at the New York Navy Yard in 1863
  • Launched, 22 April 1863
  • Commissioned at New York, 23 April 1864, CDR. J. C. Beaumont in command
  • During the Civil War USS Mackinaw was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Destroyed steamer SS Georgiana McCaw, 5 June 1864, on the James River
    Supported Union troops on their advance from Dutch Gap, VA., 11 August, 1864.
    While assigned to the Wilmington blockade station USS Mackinaw captured schooner Mary, 3 December 1864
    Participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher 24 and 25 December and 13 and 14 January 1865
    >Went into action against Fort Anderson 18 February 1865, shelling the works at Port Royal until the latter part of April
    Decommissioned at Portsmouth, N.H., 11 May 1865
  • Recommissioned, 18 January 1866, Mackinaw served in the North Atlantic Squadron and in the West Indies
  • Decommissioning, 4 May 1867
  • Sold at public auction at Philadelphia 3 October 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 974 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 14 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 9" smoothbores
    two 24-pdr smoothbores
    one heavy 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam
    two sidewheels

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    Sassacus (I)
    85k Generic lithograph representing the Sassacus-class gunboats.
    John Spivey
    Mackinaw 335k A "Double-Ender" gunboat in the James River, Virginia, 1864-65. Originally identified as USS Agawam. This ship differs from her in detail. It has been identified in published sources as Mackinaw (1864-1867). The monitor in the right background is USS Saugus
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57251
    Maumee 94k "Bombardment of Fort Fisher" "Jan. 15th 1865"
    Lithograph after a drawing by T.F. Laycock, published by Endicott & Co., New York, 1865, depicting the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron bombarding Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in preparation for its capture. The print is dedicated to Commodore S.W. Godon, USN. Ships present, as named on the original print, are (from left to right in the main battle line):
    USS Tacony;
    USS Maumee;
    USS Ticonderoga;
    USS Shenandoah;
    USS Tuscarora;
    USS Juniata;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Susquehanna;
    USS Colorado;
    USS Minnesotaa;
    USS Brooklyn;
    USS New Ironsides and
    USS Mohican.
    Ships in the foreground are (left to right, from the center of the view):
    USS Powhatan;
    USS Mackinaw;
    USS Vanderbilt and
    USS Malvern (Flagship of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter).
    Monitors in the right middle distance are:
    USS Monadnock (with two turrets);
    USS Mahopac;
    USS Saugus and
    USS Canonicus.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # LC-USZ62-144 from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Mackinaw
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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