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USS Vicksburg (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
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.
Depth of Hold unknown
Draft 13' 8"
Speed 9 kts
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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||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
USS Vicksburg (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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