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USS Valley City
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Quarter Gunner John Davis
Laid down in 1859 as the wooden-hulled screw steamer Valley City at Philadelphia. PA.
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 26 July 1861
Commissioned, USS Valley City,13 September 1861, at New York City, LT. James C. Chaplin in command
USS Valley City joined the Potomac Flotilla, 17 September 1861, for patrol and reconnaissance duties exchanging gunfire with a Confederate battery at Freestone Point, Va., 25 September 1861
Reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in October 1861
USS Valley City participated in the amphibious assault upon Roanoke Island, N.C., 7 and 8 February 1862
Assisted in the capture of Elizabeth City, N.C., 10 February 1862
Assigned to protect Union troops stationed at Plymouth, N.C., 25 October 1862
Led a reconnaissance expedition, 2 November 1862, up the Roanoke River to Hamilton, N. C.
Re-deployed off Washington, N.C. early 1863, fired upon Confederate positions near Blount's Creek, N.C., on 15 April 1863
Assisted in the protection of Union forces ashore during a joint expedition up the Chowan River, N.C. 26 July 1863
Took as a war prize the schooner M. O'Neill, 5 May 1864
Assisted in the recapture of Plymouth, N. C. 29 October to 1 November 1864
Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register in the summer of 1865
Sold at public auction at New York, City, 15 August 1865, re-documented for merchant service, 28 December 1865
Final Disposition, lost at sea off Cape San Bias, FL., 30 January 1882
Displacement 190 t.
Length 127' 6"
Beam 21' 10"
Depth of Hold 7' 6"
Draft 8' 4"
Speed 10 kts
four- 32-pdr guns
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||Halftone reproduction of an artwork, published in "Deeds of Valor," Volume II, page 14, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907.
This image shows Quarter Gunner John Davis preventing a powder explosion aboard USS Valley City by sitting on an open powder cask to protect it from nearby flames, during the attack on Confederates at Elizabeth City, N. C. on 10 February 1862. Davis received the Medal of Honor for this courageous act.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79905
USS Valley City
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Chaplin, James C.||13 September 1861 - 27 May 1862|
|02||Act Vol. LT. Furniss, Hartman K.||28 May 1862 - 21 September 1863|
|03||Act Master Brooks, John A. J.||21 September 1863 - 1 June 1865|
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