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USS Cimarron (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the sidewheel double-ended steam gunboat Cimerone by D. S. Merschon, Bordentown, N.J.
  • Name changed to Cimarron, date unknown
  • Launched, 16 March 1862
  • Outfitted at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Cimarron, 5 July 1862, CDR. Maxwell Woodhull in command
  • During the Civil War USS Cimarron was initially assigned to the James River in support of Army operations where she
    Engaged the Confederates at Harrison's Landing, 28 July 1862, Fort Powhatan, 31 July 1862 and Swan Point Battery, 4 August 1862
  • Joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Port Royal, S.C. 13 September 1862
    Operated in coastal and inland waters along the coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
    Participated in the engagement of Confederate batteries on the St. John River, FL., 17 September 1862
    From January 1863 to 3 August 1865 Cimarron continued blockade duty and
    Captured three prizes
    Fired on Confederate troops ashore on two occasions, 23 June and 8 July 1863
    Joined in the attacks on Fort Wagner in Charleston Harbor, S.C., 17, 20 and 21 August 1863
    During January and February 1864 operated in the Stono River, S.C.
  • Decommissioned 17 August 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold 6 November 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 860 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 9'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 40
    Armament
    one 100-pdr rifle
    one 9" smoothbore gun
    six 24-pdr smoothbore howitzers
    Propulsion steam
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    Cimarron 111k A contemporary lithograph, depicting USS Cimarron in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras, during the Civil War.
    Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61485.
    Bill Gonyo
    Cimarron 85k A contemporary lithograph, depicting USS Cimarron off Charleston, South Carolina, during the Civil War.
    Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61486.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Cimarron (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Woodhull, Maxwell5 July 1862 - 5 June 1863
    02CDR. Drake, Andrew Jackson, USN (obituary)24 April 1863 - 16 June 1863
    03CDR. Hughes, Aaron K.25 August 1863 - 15 February 1864
    04LCDR. Young, Johathan5 June 1864 - 7 July 1864
    05LT. Mahan, Albert T.7 July 1864 - 25 July 1864
    06LCDR. Stone, Edward E.25 July 1864 - 10 November 1864
    07LCDR. Johnson, Andrew W.12 November 1864 - 7 December 1864
    08Act. Master Bowers, William L.7 December 1864 - 29 December 1864
    09CDR. Thompson, Egbert29 December 1864 - 17 August 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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