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USS Kennebec (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Unadilla Class Screw Gunboat:
Laid down, date unknown, by G. W. Lawrence, Thomaston, ME.
Launched, 5 October 1861
Commissioned, 8 February 1862, at Boston Navy Yard, LT. John H. Russell in command
During the Civil War USS Kennebec was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
Between February and April USS Kennebec was initially employed in reconnoitering the Confederate defenses on the lower Mississippi
Participated in the action to pass Forts Jackson and St. Philip by Admiral David Farragut's fleet in April 1862
Participated in the siege of Vicksburg
In August 1862 USS Kennebec was assigned to open sea blockade and cruising duty in the Gulf
Assisted in the capture of schooner Jupiter, 4 May 1863
Took schooner Hunt, 17 May 1863
Captured steamer William Bayley, 18 July 1863
Shared in the capture of schooner Winona, 29 November 1863
Captured schooner Marshall J. Smith, 9 December 1863
Took steamer Gray Jacket 31 December 1863
Captured schooner John Scott, 7 January 1864
Participated in the destruction of grounded blockade runner steamer Ivanhoe at Mobile, 6 July 1864
>Took part in the attack of Mobile, 5 August 1864
USS Kennebec spent the remainder of the war on blockade duty off the coast of Texas
Decommissioned, 9 August 1865, at Boston Navy Yard
Sold, 30 November 1865, at New York
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 507 t.
Length 158' 8"
Depth of Hold 12'
Draft 10' 6"
Speed 9 kts
Complement 114 officers and enlisted
one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
one 20-pdr Parrot rifle
two 24-pdr howitzers
rigged as a two masted schooner
two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
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||"Reconnaissance of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, on the Mississippi, by Gun-boats from Flag-officer Farragut's Squadron"
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the attack on the obstructions below the forts, 20 April 1862. US Navy gunboats shown in right center are USS Itasca and USS Pinola. Further to the right are USS Kennebec and USS Winona. Fort Jackson is shown at far right, with Confederate gunboats beyond.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59066
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||1864 Civil War CDV Photograph of United States Navy Paymaster's Steward Charles D. Densmore, USS Kennebec
||Acting Master John J. Butler enlisted in the Union Navy, 18 December 1862, and received his appointment as Acting Ensign,23 December 1862.
Upon completion of his instruction he was assigned to the gunboat USS Kennebec in early 1863. In correspondence with the Secretary of the Navy his
commanding officer LCDR. William P. McCann noted his “favorable assistance to the wounded” following the Battle of Mobile Bay dated 6 August 1864. On 15 December his
was promoted to the rank of Acting Master. On 22 May 1865 he submitted his resignation from active service. He was officially discharged, 18 September 1865, from the
USS Kennebec (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Russell, John Henry||8 February 1862 - 10 December 1863|
|02||LCDR. McCann, William P.||10 December 1863 - 30 November 1864|
|03||LCDR. Abbott, Trevett||30 November 1864 - 15 June 1865|
|04||Act. Vol. LCDR. Pennington, Lewis W.||15 June 1865 - 9 August 1865|
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