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USS Sebago (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sebago Class Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a double-ended sidewheel gunboat at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard
  • Launched, 30 November 1861
  • Commissioned, USS Sebago, 26 March 1862, LT. Edmund W. Henry in command
  • Sebago joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads, 11 April 1862
  • She operated on the York River and its tributaries in support General McClellan's push up the peninsula toward Richmond
  • 30 June Sebago ascended the James escorting Army transports
  • Sebago departed Hampton Roads to join the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Charleston 29 July
  • 18 June 1863 she grounded in Wassaw Sound and suffered some damage
  • Decommissioned at New York Navy Yard, 9 July for repairs
  • Sebago recommissioned, 2 December 1863
  • She joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in which she served through the end of the Civil War
  • The highlight of her operations in the gulf came on 5 August 1864 when she participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1865 at the New York Navy Yard
  • Sold at Newy York, 19 January 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 832 t.
    Length 228'2"
    Beam 33'10"
    Depth of Hold 11'5"
    Draft 9'3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 156
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 9" Dahlgren smoothbore
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    one1 590 IHP, 44" bore by 7 ft stroke inclinded direct-acting steam engine
    two side-wheels

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    Sebago (I) 153k A primitive sketch of USS Sebago (I), reproduced as a photograph by T. Lilienthal, New Orleans, circa 1862-65.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 509. Courtesy of the Philibrick Collection, Kittery, Maine.
    Robert Hurst
    Sebago (I) 123k A primitive watercolor of Civil War vintage showing USS Sebago under way.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 42221. Donation of Charles H. Taylor, November 1935.
    Robert Hurst

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