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Daffodil


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1862 as the sidewheel steamer Jonas Smith, by B. C. Terry at Keyport, KY.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York, 17 November 1862, and fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Placed in service as Daffodil, date and location unknown, Acting Master L. G. Crane in command
  • Daffodil sailed 24 November 1862 joining the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Port Royal, S.C. on 10 December 1862 serving as a tug
  • 8 September 1863 she towed 25 of the boats in the assault on Fort Sumter
  • From 27 November to 29 December 1864 she took part in the successful Army-Navy expedition up Broad River to destroy the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Bridge near Pocotaligo, S.C.
  • 27 January 1865 she made a reconnaissance up the Ashepoo River
  • 9 February joined in a successful engagement with enemy batteries in the Togodo River, S.C.
  • With the end of the war Daffodil was re-assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron, stationed at Port Royal, S.C.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register
  • Sold at Savannah, GA., 13 March 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 173 t.
    Length 110'6"
    Beam 22'6"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 5'6"
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement 35
    Armament
    two 20-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Wissachickon 103k "The Line Of Battle, Ogeechee River"
    The second battle of Ogeechee River, December 1864. A sketch from "Harpers Weekly" showing:
    USS C.P. Williams
    USS Dawn
    Daffodil
    USS Wissahickon
    USS Seneca
    USS Montauk on the river.
    Tommy Trampp

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