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USS Sonoma (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down, date unknown, at Portsmouth N.H. Navy Yard
Launched, 15 April 1862
Commissioned, USS Sonoma, 8 July 1862, CDR. Thomas H. Stevens in command
Sonoma sailed, 17 July for the West Indies for operations against Confederate blockade runners and raiders
Assigned to the "flying" West India Squadron, 8 September, created to seek out and destroy Southern raiders
8 January 1863, USS Sonoma and USS Wachusett seized Virginia off Mugeres Island, Mexico
3 February, Sonoma captured British bark Springbok
15 February, she took brig Atlantic
14 April, Sonoma took schooner Clyde in the Gulf of Mexico
Decommissioned, 20 June, at New York for repairs
Re-recommissioned, 28 September 1863 and assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Captured sidewheel steamer Ida, 8 July 1864 near Sapelp Sound, GA.
In early-1865 Sonoma was a member of squadron clearing the way for General Sherman in his march north from Savannah
9 February, USS Sonoma, USS Pawnee, and USS Daffodil engaged Confederate
batteries at Togodo Creek, near the North Edisto, S.C.
16 and 17 February Sonoma joined in the naval support of the Army's attack on Bull's Bay, S.C.
After the Confederacy collapsed, Sonoma decommissioned at New York, 13 June 1865
Sold at New York, 1 October 1867
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 955 t.
Depth of Hold 12'3"
Speed 7 kts
one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
six 24-pdr howitzers
two 12-pdr rifles
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||Sketch signed W.T. Smith, Havana, March 1863, depicting USS Sonoma in Bermuda harbor during late 1862 or early 1863. The British
sloop Desperate is in the left distance, and the British merchantman (possibly blockade runner?) Gladiator is in the left center. The original
sketch was in colors.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 65693. Courtesy of Frederick S. Hicks, 1968
USS Sonoma (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 March 2017
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