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USS Chillicothe

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Ironclad Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, date unknown, at Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned, USS Chillicothe, 5 September 1862 at Jeffersonville, IN.., Acting Lieutenant J. P. Sanford, in command
  • Necessary alterations and repairs and lack of sufficient water to pass over the falls detained her in the Ohio River until early January 1863
  • Chillicothe sailed for Cairo, IL. 8 January 1863
  • Chillicothe was constantly employed in the Mississippi River and its tributaries
    Participated in the expeditions to the White River in Arkansas in January 1863
    Joined the expeditions to Yazoo Pass, Miss., from 20 February to 10 April
    During the Yazoo expedition Chillicothe came under enemy fire and was heavily damaged losing several men
    Repaired at Mound City, Ill., and returned to duty on the Mississippi River 6 September 1863
    Participated in the Red River expedition, of 7 March to 15 May 1864 in which her commanding officer, LT. J. P. Couthouy, was mortally wounded by rifle fire 3 April
    From 22 May 1864 until 26 May 1865 she lay off Fort Adams, MS.
    On 8 June 1864 Chillicothe assisting in the capture of a Confederate battery at Simmesport, LA.
    Decommissioned, date unknown at Cairo, IL.
    Struck from the Naval Register, and sold at auction, 29 November 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by fire, September 1872
    Displacement 395 t.
    Length 162'
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold 5'
    Draft 4'
    Speed 7 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 11" smoothbores
    Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels

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    Chillicothe 111k Engraving of USS Chillicothe, dated 22 February 1864, published by Bufford's Print Publishing House, 313 Washington St., Boston, MA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 264. Courtesy Belle Mather 1932
    Robert Hurst

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