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CSS Sampson

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Employed as a tug before Confederate Government service in 1861
  • 5 and 6 November 1861, CSS Sampson, 1st. LT. Joel S. Kennard, CSA in command, in company with CSS Savannah, CSS Resolute, and CSS Lady Davis harassed Union forces preparing to attack Port Royal Sound, S.C.
  • Helped in the evacuation of Port Royal's defensive works transporting a number of the retreating garrison to Savannah
  • 28 January 1862, accompanied by CSS Resolute and CSS Savannah ran the Federal guns to deliver supplies to Fort Pulaski
  • Assigned as receiving ship at Savannah until 16 November 1863 when reassigned to combat duty, patrolling the Savannah River
  • December 1864 joined with CSS Macon and CSS Resolute in an expedition to destroy the Charleston and Savannah Railway bridge spanning the Savannah River
  • Prior to the capture of Savannah by General Sherman on 21 December 1864 Sampson was taken up the river to Augusta, remaining there until the end of the war
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft 8'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 49
    one 32-pdr smoothbore
    one 12-pdr
    Propulsion steam

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    CSS Sampson
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    011st. LT. Kennard, Joel S., CSA5 November 1861 - ?
    03CDR. Price, Joseph, CSN (Temporary)29 August 1864 - 1864
    051st. LT. Mills, Thomas B., CSA5 November 1864 - 1864
    051st. LT. Carnes, William Watts, CSA1864 - 9 April 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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