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Civil War Medal
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.
Depth of Hold 11' 8"
Draft 6' 6"
one 100-pdr Parrott rifles
three 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
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||"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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 January 2014
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