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USS Pontiac (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Purple Heart Medal (7 November 1864, six dead, six wounded)
Wooden Double-ender Sidewheel Gunboat:
Laid down for the Navy in 1862 by Hillman & Streaker and Neafie, Levy & Co.
Delivered to the Navy at Philadelphia Navy Yard 7 July 1864
Commissioned USS Pontiac, 7 July 1864, LCDR. John H. Russell in command
During the Civil War USS Pontiac was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 12 August 1864, station off Charleston
1 September 1864, LCDR. Stephen B. Luce relieved LCDR. Russell in command
Pontiac engaged Southern guns at Battery Marshall, Sullivan’s Island 7 November, with casualties of six dead and six wounded.
Protected General Sherman's troops 40 miles up the Savannah River as they crossed at Sister's Ferry, GA., 13 January 1865
LCDR. Luce later credited his meeting with General Sherman as the beginning of his thinking which eventually resulted in the founding of the Naval War College
Captured steamer Amazon, 1 March 1865, a former Confederate ironclad laden with cotton
Decommissioned at New York Navy Yard 21 June 1865
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold 15 October 1867 to John Roach
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 974 t.
Depth of Hold 11' 6"
Draft 6' 6"
Speed 11 kts
two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
four 9" smoothbores
four 24-pdr howitzers
two heavy 12-pdrs
two 12-pdr rifles
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Pontiac or Obwandiyag (c. 1720 – April 20, 1769) was an Odawa war chief who became noted for his role in Pontiac's War (1763–1766), an American Indian
struggle against British military occupation of the Great Lakes region and named for him. It followed the British victory in the French and Indian War, the North
American front of the Seven Years' War. Pontiac's importance has been debated in the war that bears his name. Nineteenth-century accounts portrayed him as the
mastermind and leader of the revolt, but some subsequent scholars argued that his role had been exaggerated. Historians today generally view him as an important local
leader who influenced a wider movement that he did not command.
||Wood-cut engraving titled "THE DOUBLE-ENDER [USS Pontiac] DESCENDING THE SAVANNAH RIVER", published in "Harper's Weekly" March 1865.
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