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USLHT Geranium
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USS Geranium (1863 - 1865)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Tug:
  • Built in 1863, as John A. Dix, at Newburgh, N.Y.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 5 September 1863
  • Commissioned, USS Geranium, 15 October 1863, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Ens. G. A. Winsor in command
  • USS Geranium joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Charleston, S.C., 4 November 1863, serving as a picket boat, dispatch boat and light transport
  • Between 3 and 10 July 1864, Geranium participated in a diversionary expedition up the Stono and North Edisto Riversto divert Confederate attention from the Charleston blockade and to cut the Charleston and Savannah Railroad
  • Geranium supported the movement of troops to the North Edisto River, towing and transporting supplies for the expedition
  • On 3 July, She engaged a Confederate battery at the mouth of the Dawhoo River
  • Geranium continued her picket, dispatch, and transport duties from 12 to 17 February 1865
  • She participated in joint Army-Navy operations at Bull's Bay north of Charleston, supporting diversionary amphibious landings which hastened the Confederate evacuation of Charleston
  • At the mouth of the Santee River Geranium supported naval operations against Georgetown, S.C.
  • On 28 February 1865, she departed on a reconnaissance mission up the Santee gaining valuable information about the depth and navigability of the river
  • Geranium remained along the South Carolina coast until after the end of the war
  • Decommissioned, at Washington 15 July 1865, and was sold 18 October to the Treasury Department for use In the Lighthouse Service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 223 t.
    Length 128'6"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Depth of Hold 8'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 39
    Armament
    one 10-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam, twin paddlewheels

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    Geranium 89k US Light House Tender Geranium under way, circa the 1890s, by N.L. Stebbins, Boston, MA. This steamer served as USS Geranium in 1863-1865.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 96608. Courtesy of US Coast Guard Historian..
    Robert Hurst

    USS Geranium
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