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USS Shenandoah (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Sloop of War:
  • Laid down in 1861 as a wooden hull, screw sloop of war, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 8 December 1862
  • Commissioned USS Shenandoah, 20 June 1863, CAPT. Daniel B. Ridgeley in command
  • During the Civil War USS Shenandoah joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in September 1863
  • Took steamer Arabian as a war prize, 15 September 1863
    Participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher at Wilmington, N.C. in December 1864 and January 1865
  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 20 November 1865, CAPT John R. Goldsborough in command, for service with the South American Squadron
  • Reassigned to the Asiatic Squadron in 1866 to participate in the opening of Japan to foreign commerce and to protect American interests in China
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1869, at Boston
  • Recommissioned, 15 August 1870 at Boston sailing for service on the European Station
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1874, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 8 September 1879, at New York Navy Yard for service with the South American Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 27 May 1882, at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned for the last time, 5 November 1883, at Boston for service in the Pacific
  • Decommissioned, 23 October 1886, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Sold, 30 July 1887, to W. T. Garratt & Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,375 t.
    Length 225'
    Beam 38' 4"
    Depth 15'
    Draft 15'
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement 175
    Armament
    As Built:
    two 11" smoothbores
    one 150-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    one 30-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    two 12-pdr howitzers
    May 1865:
    two 11" smoothbores
    two 9" smoothbores
    one 60-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    two 12-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion
    two horizontal back-acting condensing engines (42" x 2' 6") IHP 1,300 =12 kts.
    two boilers
    one propeller

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    Shenandoah 152k USS Shenandoah modified with clipper bow 1870.
    US Navy photo from "Warships of The Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone
    Robert Hurst
    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 Minnesota;
    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
    State of Georgia 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst

    USS Shenandoah (I)
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