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USS Sonoma (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 955 t.
    Length 233'9"
    Beam 34'10"
    Depth of Hold 12'3"
    Draft 8'7"
    Speed 7 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    six 24-pdr howitzers
    two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Sonoma 54k 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
    Robert Hurst

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