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USS Southfleld

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Southfleld-a double-ended, side wheel ferryboat built in 1857 at Brooklyn, N.Y., by John English-served as a ferry between South Ferry, New York City, and St. George, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 16 December 1861, from the New York Ferry Co.
  • Commissioned USS Southfleld late in December 1861, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Charles F. W. Behm in command
  • During the Civil War USS Southfleld joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads, 2 January 1862
  • Participated in the attack on Hatteras Island, 7 and 8 January 1862
  • Participated in the capture of Elizabeth City, Beaufort and New Bern, N.C. during February through April 1862
  • Supported General MClellan's Peninsula campaign on the York and James Rivers during the summer of 1862
  • Engaged a Confederate land force that attacked Plymouth, N.C., 3 December 1862
  • Participated in the defense of Washington, N.C. in March and April 1863
  • Participated in the defense of Plymouth, N.C. in April 1864
  • Lashed to the side of USS Miami engaged Confederate Ram CSS Albemarle on the Roanoke River, 19 April 1864
  • Final Disposition, sunk by CSS Albemarle, 19 April 1864
    Displacement 750 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 34'
    Depth of Hold 11' 8"
    Draft 6' 6"
    Speed 12kts
    Complement 61
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    three 9" Dahlgren smoothbores Propulsion steam

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    Miami 138k "The Rebel Ram Attacking Federal Gun-Boats at Plymouth, North Carolina"
    Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", May 1864, depicting CSS Albemarle driving off USS Miami, after ramming and sinking USS Southfield (foreground), 19 April 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # Photo #: NH 59161
    Robert Hurst

    USS Southfield
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Acting Vol. LT. Behm, Charles F. W. (Died in Andersonville Prison)11 April 1865 - 21 July 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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