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USS Vicksburg (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Gunboat:
  • Built in 1863 as a wooden steamer at Mystic, CT.
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 20 October 1863
  • Commissioned USS Vicksburg, 1 December 1863, at the New York Navy, LCDR. L. Braine in command
  • Vicksburg was first ordered to take station off Sandy Hook, N.J. and later off Staten Island, N.Y. to inspect all commercial ships outbound from New York
  • Reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockade Squadron in February 1864
  • Upon reaching Hampton Roads the gunboat was ordered to deploy for blockade duty off Wilmington, N.C.
  • In April while on temporary duty off the coast of South Carolina Vicksburg seized the blockade-running British schooner Indian east of Charleston
  • Returning in May to North Carolina, Vicksburg towed stricken mortar schooner USS Oliver H. Lee to Beaufort, N.C.
  • In July Vicksburg was ordered to Annapolis, MD., to help protect Union emplacements there from Confederate raiders
  • The gunboat returned to Hampton Roads in July after successfully preventing Confederate forces from taking the town
  • In September Vicksburg conducted an extensive survey of Confederate Fort Fisher and of other Southern land defenses in the Cape Fear River area
  • In October she assisted in the capture of the blockade-running British steamer Bat off the Cape Fear River
  • Vicksburg assisted in covering the evacuation of troops after the unsuccessful first attack upon Fort Fisher on 24 and 25 December
  • In January 1865 Vicksburg began the final year of the war assisting Union forces in mop-up operations following the fall of Fort Fisher during a second amphibious assault
  • In March, Vicksburg sailed with several vessels to White House, Va., to support Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's siege of Richmond
  • Decommissioned, at New York Navy Yard, 29 April 1865
  • Sold at auction to C. C. & H. Cable, 12 July 1865
  • Re-documented for merchant service, 7 August 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 886 t.
    Length 185'
    Beam 33'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 13' 8"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    four 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 20-pdr smoothbore
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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    Vicksburg 120k Civil War era artwork of USS Vicksburg mounted on a carte de visite, circa the 1890s. Donation of RADM Daniel L. Braine, USN (Ret), former Commanding Officer of USS Vicksburg.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42052
    Robert Hurst

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