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USS Dandelion

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Steam Tug:
  • Built in 1862 as the steam tug Antietam by Winson and Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 21 November 1862, renamed Dandelion
  • Outfitted for Naval service at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Dandelion, date unknown, Acting Master C. Folsom in command
  • During the Civil War USS Dandelion was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Served as a tug in the coastal and inland waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida until the end of hostilities
  • Participated in the engagement between Union ships and Fort McAllister, 3 March 1863
  • Rescued crew of USS Keokuk which sank off Morris Island near Charleston, S.C., 8 April 1863
  • Towed boats into the Folly River, S. C. for the expedition that captured Morris Island, 9 and 10 July 1863
  • Participated in the attacks on Fort Wagner, S. C. 24 July and 17 August 1863
  • Accompanied an expedition up the St. John's River, FL.. 7 to 21 February 1864
  • Decommissioned, 14 July 1865, at New York
  • Sold, 15 August 1865, for commercial service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 111 t.
    Length 90'
    Beam 19'
    Depth 7' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 19 kts
    Complement 21
    two 12-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Dandelion 75k "Bombardment of Fort McAllister, Georgia, 3 March 1863"
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", January-June 1863, page 196, depicting the bombardment of Fort McAllister by the U.S. Navy monitors USS Passaic, USS Patapsco and USS Nahant. The engraving is based on a sketch by "an eye-witness" on board USS Montauk, which is in the right center foreground. In the left foreground, firing on the fort, are the mortar schooners USS C.P. Williams, USS Norfolk Packet and USS Para. Among other U.S. Navy ships involved were gunboats USS Wissahickon, USS Seneca and USS Dawn and tug USS Dandelion.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59288
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Dandelion
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