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USS Flag


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steam:
  • Built, date and location unknown, as the steamer Phineas Sprague
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 26 April 1861
  • Commissioned USS Flag, 28 May 1861, LCDR. L. C. Sartori in command
  • During the Civil War USS Flag reported to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Charleston, S.C., 6 June 1861
    Flag patrolled the coastal waters of the Carolinas until early 1865
    Flag captured or shared in the capture of many blockade runners including the steamer Anglia which she captured with USS Restless in Bullís Bay, about twenty five miles from Charleston, S.C. on 19 October 1862
    Participated in the capture of Fernandina, FL. in March 1862
    Took part in the general engagement of the fleet with the forts of Charleston Harbor, 7 April 1863
  • Decommissioned, 25 February 1865, at New York
  • Sold, 12 July 1865, entering service as SS Flag
  • Final Disposition, broken up in 1876
    Specifications:
    Displacement 938 t.
    Length 193'
    Beam 30' 10"
    Depth 15'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament six 8" rapid fire guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Flag 74k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1951 off SS Phineas Sprague painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. Built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1857, this steamer served as USS Flag during the Civil War and was the SS Flag after 1865. .
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63887, courtesy Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Flag 111k Union blockaders off the entrance to Savannah, Georgia, 1861
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, page 797, depicting USS Savannah, USS Flag and the steamer McClellan off shore, with Tybee Lighthouse and Fort Pulaski in the background. Also shown are hulks sunk to block the channel.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59283
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Flag
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