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USS Delaware (IV)


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Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1861 at Wilmington, Del.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 14 October 1861
  • Commissioned, USS Delaware, date unknown, LT. S. P. Quackenbush in command
  • Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, the steamer departed Philadelphia, 12 December 1861, and stood up the James River, 26 December, on patrol
  • Reassigned to Hatteras Inlet, 12 January 1862, Delaware remained on the North Carolina coast until 2 June
    Participated in the capture of Roanoke Island, 7 and 8 February and Elizabeth City, 10 February
    Made a reconnaissance up Chowan River from 19 to 21 February, and on 13 and 14 March bombarded New Bern and captured four vessels
  • Delaware arrived in Hampton Roads 2 June 1862 for service in Virginia waters until 30 October
  • The steamer returned to operations in the rivers and sounds of North Carolina from October 1862 to February 1863
  • Delaware returned to Hampton Roads, 11 February 1863 with USS Valley City in tow
  • Delaware then cruised in the James and York Rivers and Chesapeake Bay until 5 April 1863
  • Delaware returned to the North Carolina coast until 27 November when she sailed to Baltimore for repairs
  • Reassigned to the Hampton Roads area, 27 March 1864, to patrol and perform picket duty, transport men and ordnance stores, and clear the rivers of torpedoes until the end of the war.
  • Decommissioned, 5 August 1865, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Sold, 12 September 1865 to the Treasury Department
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 357 t.
    Length 161'
    Beam 27'
    Depth of Hold 8' 3"
    Draft 6'
    Speed 13 kts
    Complement 65
    Armament
    four 32-pdr guns
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam

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