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USS Huntsville (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, as a wooden screw steamer in New York, City
Launch in 1857
Chartered, 24 April 1861, by the US Navy from her owner, H. B. Cromwell & Co., in New York City and converted to a gunboat
Commissioned USS Huntsville, 9 May 1861, at New York City, CDR. Cicero Price in command
Purchased by the Navy, 24 August 1861
During the Civil War USS Huntsville joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West, 11 May 1861
Captured two small schooners off Mobile
Cruised on blockade duty from Alabama to Texas
Engaged blockade runner Florida off Mobile Bay, 24 December 1861, turning her back into Mobile
Decommissioned at New York, 5 April to 11 June 1862
Recommissioned, 11 June 1862, LT. Howard Rogers in command, returning to blockade duty along the Gulf Coast
Took five prized; Confederate steamers Adela and Reliance, British schooner Agnes, schooners Courier and Ariel before the year was out
During 1863 Huntsville captured two Confederate ships, Minnie and A. J. Hodge; two British schooners, Surprise and Ascension; and Spanish steamer Union
Participated in capture of Confederate sloop Last Trial near Key West
During 1864 Huntsville supported landings union forces in May at Tampa Bay
Quarantined due to Yellow Fever Huntsville departed Tampa 23 July for New York
Decommissioned, 19 August 1864 at New York
Recommissioned, 25 March 1865, LCDR. Edward F. Devens in command
USS Huntsville made transport voyages to New Orleans and Panama, carried passengers between New York and Boston and escorted a monitor to Philadelphia
Decommissioned, 28 August 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold, 30 November 1865, at New York, to Russell Sturgis
Final Dispostion, burned in December 1877
Displacement 860 t.
Length 196' 4"
Beam 29' 6"
Draft 19' 5"
Speed 11 kts
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Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1945, of SS Huntsvillepainted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamer served as USS Huntsville from 1861 to 1865.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 64876, courtesy of Erik Heyl
USS Huntsville (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Price, Cicero||6 May 1861 - 5 April 1862|
|02||Act. Vol. LT. Rogers William C.||11 June 1862 - 18 January 1864|
|03||LCDR. Chandler, Ralph||18 January 1864 - 19 August 1864|
|04||Act. Vol. LCDR Giraud, Pierre||17 January 1865 - 3 March 1865|
|05||Act. Vol. LT Devens, Edward F.||25 March 1865 - 28 August 1865|
Last Updated 15 February 2013
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