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USS Monticello (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built as the wooden screw-steamer Monticello, at Mystic, CT. in 1859
  • Chartered by the Navy in May 1861
  • Purchased 12 September 1861 at New York from H. P. Cromwell & Co.
  • Commissioned, date unknown, CAPT Henry Eagle in command
  • Renamed Star, 3 May 1861
  • Name reverted to USS Monticello, 23 May 1861
  • Monticello was assigned to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, relieving USS Baltimore in blockading the James River
  • Relieved USS Quaker City at Cape Henry, 8 May and engaged the batteries at Sewell's Point 10 to 14 May
  • She was in the squadron that captured the batteries at Hatteras Inlet 28 and 29 August 1861
  • Departed Baltimore, 25 March 1862, for to blockade duty off Wilmington, N.C.
    A Monticello boat party conducted an expedition up Little River 26 June that destroyed two schooners
    Engaged the batteries at New Inlet 12 July
    Took British schooner Revere off Wilmington 21 October
  • Relieved USS Genessee on blockade at Shallow Inlet 15 November
    Destroyed British schooners Ariel and Ann there the 24th
    Took British schooner Sun 30 March, and steamer Old Fellow 15 April 1863
  • Joined the expedition to Murrell's Inlet 25 April, and shelled a schooner there 12 May with USS Conemaugh
  • Returning to the Wilmington blockade in January 1864 joining in the expedition to Smithville 29 February
  • In July she joined in the chase after CS Florida
  • Monticello participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher 24 and 25 December and 13 and 14 January 1865
  • She took the surrender of Fort Casswell 18 and 19 January
  • Participated in the Little River expedition of 4 to 6 February
  • Monticello decommissioned, 24 July 1865, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Sold at public auction at Boston to W. H. Lincoln 1 November 1865
  • Redocumented for merchant service, 25 July 1866, she served American commerce until foundering off Newfoundland 29 April 1872
    Displacement 655 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 29'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 12' 10"
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament (8 May 1861)
    one 9" gun
    two 32-pdr guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Alabama 186k "Merchant Steamers Converted into Gun-boats."
    Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume. Depicts thirteen merchant steamships acquired by the U.S. Navy between April and August 1861 and subsequently converted into warships, plus the steamer Nashville (far left), which became a Confederate cruiser. US Navy ships as identified below the image bottom, are (from left to right:
    USS Alabama,
    USS Quaker City,
    USS Santiago de Cuba, (listed as "St. Jago de Cuba")
    USS Mount Vernon,
    USS Massachusetts,
    USS South Carolina,
    USS Florida,
    USS De Soto,
    USS Augusta,
    USS James Adger,
    USS Monticello,
    USS Bienville and
    USS R.R. Cuyler.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59366.
    Robert Hurst
    Minnesota 146k "Departure of the Great Southern Expedition, under General Butler, from Fortress Monroe". Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861". depicting the departure of the fleet, 26 August 1861, en route to attack Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. Ships identified in the title line are (left to right):
    USS Harriet Lane;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Minnesota;
    USS Monticello and
    USS Pawnee and
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 58130
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Cumberland 93k "Bombardment of Forts Hatteras & Clark, by the U.S. Fleet" "Under the command of Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham, on the 28th and 29th of August 1861" A colored lithograph by J.P. Newell after a drawing by Francis Garland, Seaman in USF Cumberland, published by J.H. Buford, Boston, Massachusetts, 1862. Features identified below the image are (from left to right):
    USS Susquehanna;
    tug Fanny;
    Fort Hatteras;
    USS Harriet Lane;
    Fort Clark;
    USS Cumberland;
    steamer Adelaide;
    USS Minnesota;
    steamer George Peabody;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Pawnee; and
    USS Monticello.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 66576-KN (Color)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Monticello 277k "The 'Monticello' Shelling the Rebels near Hatteras, October 5, 1861." 'Monticello' shelling the Rebels near Hatteras, October 5, 1861.
    Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, July-December 1861, page 677, depicting USS Monticello breaking up an attack by Confederate troops on Federal forces at Kinnakeet, near Hatteras Inlet, N.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59253.
    187k Sketch by Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) of the gunboat USS Monticello, circa 1860 to 1865..
    United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division digital ID ppmsca.20334
    Robert Hurst
    Monticello 174k An 1860s vintage print mounted on a Carte de Visite, depicting USS Monticello under steam at sea. Donation of Rear Admiral D.L. Braine, USN, who commanded the Monticello during the first part of the Civil War. .
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59555-KN.
    Robert Hurst
    86k Wash drawing by Clary Ray, circa 1900 of USS Monticello
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 60661. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC
    Robert Hurst

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