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USS Sagamore (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Unadilla Class Screw Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at A. & G. T. Sampson and Atlantic Works, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 1 September 1861
  • Commissioned, 7 December 1861, at the Boston Navy Yard
  • During the Civil War USS Sagamore was assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron off the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi
    Sagamore's boat crews participated in the capture of Apalachicola, FL, 3 April 1862 and destroyed salt works, at St. Andrews Bay, FL., 11 September 1862
    Captured the blockade-running English schooner By George off Indian River, FL., 1 December 1862
    During January 1863, USS Sagamore captured Avenger, Julia, and destroyed sloop Elizabeth
    Captured sloop Enterprise, 8 March 1863
    Took sloop New York, 26 April 1863
    Participated in the attack at New Smyrna, FL., 28 July 1863
    Captured sloops Clara Louise, Southern Rights, Shot, and Ann, 8 August 1863
  • Decommissioned, 1 December 1864, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sold, 13 June 1865, at New York
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 507 t.
    Length 158' 8"
    Beam 28'
    Depth of Hold 12'
    Draft 10' 6"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 114 officers and enlisted
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    rigged as a two masted schooner
    two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
    single screw

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    Unadilla 82k Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, July-December 1861 volume. depicting the ten "90-Day Gunboats" constructed for the U.S. Navy in 1861-62. Ships, as identified in the image are from left to right;
    USS Chippewa
    USS Sciota
    USS Itasca
    USS Winona
    USS Huron
    USS Ottawa
    USS Pembina
    USS Seneca
    USS Unadilla and
    USS Sagamore. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59367
    Robert Hurst
    New London 75k "View of Ship Island, Louisiana. -- By our Special Artist on Board the 'Sagamore"
    Line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting several U.S. Navy ships anchored off the Federal base at Ship Island in early 1862. Ships are (from left to right) USS Winona, USS New London, USS Niagara, USS Sagamore, USS Wissahickon, and USS Massachusetts. Other features identified, in the center and right background, are Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island, the 9th Connecticut and 22nd Massachusetts Regiments and a military camp.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59009
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Sagamore (I)
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