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USS Mohican (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Mohican Class Screw Sloop:
  • Laid down in August 1858, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H.
  • Launched, 15 February 1859
  • Commissioned, USS Mohican, 29 November 1859, CDR. S. W. Godon in command
  • Assigned to the African Squadron, departed Portsmouth 19 January 1860 to cruise on patrol against pirates and slavers
  • Captured slaver Brie, 8 August 1860 off the Congo
  • During the Civil War USS Mohican was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Participated in the bombardment of Fort Walker at Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Accompanied ships of the "Stone Fleet" and stood by while these ships were scuttled off the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas in November 861
  • Captured British blockade runner Arrow with the assistance of USS Bienville off Fernandina, FL., 25 January 1862
  • In company with sloop USS Pocahontas and schooner USS Potomska took possession of St. Simon's and Jekyl Islands, 9 and 10 March 1862
  • Decommissioned, 9 July 1862, at Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned 17 October 1862, assigned to chase Confederate raiders CSS Florida and CSS Alabama in the South Atlantic
  • Decommissioned, 28 April 1864, at Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned, 7 October 1864, for assignment to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington, N.C.
  • Participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865
  • Ordered to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron 17 January 1865, carrying dispatches
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1865, at Boston Navy Yard 26 April 1865
  • Recommissioned 18 August 1866, for assignment to the Pacific Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1868, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 7 June 1869, to cruise the Pacific Northwest and off the coast Central and South America
  • Attacked and captured Mexican pirate steamer Forward off Mazatlan, 17 June 1870
  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1872, at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Final Disposition, towed onto the Mare Island mud flats and broken up
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,461 t.
    Length 198' 9"
    Beam 33'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 13'
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Complement 160
    Armament
    two 11" guns
    four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail and steam

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    Issac Smith 75k "Bombardment and Capture of Port Royal, South Carolina, 7 November 1861" Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume, pages 760-761. It depicts Federal warships, under Flag Officer Samuel F. DuPont, USN, bombarding Fort Beauregard (at right) and Fort Walker (at left). The Confederate squadron commanded by Commodore Josiah Tattnall is in the left center distance. Subjects identified below the image bottom are (from left): tug Mercury,
    Fort Walker,
    USS Wabash (DuPont's flagship),
    steamer Screamer (?),
    USS Susquehanna,
    CSS Huntsville, Commo. Tattnall, (probably misidentified as no record exists that CSS Huntsville served in the defenses of Port Royal, S.C.
    USS Bienville,
    USS Pembina,
    USS Seneca,
    USS Ottawa,
    USS Unadilla,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Mohican,
    USS Isaac Smith,
    USS Curlew; (probably misidentified as no record exists that USS Curlew served with South Atlantic Blockading Squadron),
    USS Vandalia,
    USS Penguin,
    USS Pocahontas,
    USS Seminole,
    Fort Beauregard,
    USS R.B. Forbes
    and "Rebel Camp".
    US Navy photo # NH 59256
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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

    USS Mohican (I)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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