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USS Baltimore (III)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1848 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Captured on the Potomac River by the Army, 21 April 1861
  • Turned over to the Navy commissioned USS Baltimore in April 1861, LT. John H. Russell in command
  • During the Civil War, Baltimore served as an ordnance vessel and occasional Army troop ferry on the Potomac River
  • She also saw some service with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as a dispatch and supply vessel
  • On 9 May 1862, she transported President Abraham Lincoln, and Secretaries Edwin M. Stanton and Salmon P. Chase from Fort Monroe to Norfolk, Va., in an attempt to get a close view of the destroyed Confederate ironclad Virginia
  • Turned over to the Norfolk Navy Yard, 22 May 1865 for disposal
  • Sold, 24 June 1865 at Washington, D.C.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5000 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 26' 8"
    Depth of Hold 10'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 32-pdr smoothbore
    Propulsion steam

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