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USS Chenango (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal
Personal Awards

Purple Heart (1 WIA, 9 March 1865)

Side-wheel Steamer :
  • laid down, date unknown, by J. Somonson, Greenpoint, N.Y/
  • Launched, 19 March 1863
  • Fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Chenango, 29 February 1864, LCDR. T. S. Fillebrown in command
  • Chenango was initially assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, departing New York for Hampton Roads 15 April 1864
  • A boiler explosion and subsequent fire before reaching the open sea required the ship to be towed back to New York for repairs
  • Decommission, 21 April 1864
  • Recommissioned 1 February 1865
  • Chenango departed New York 17 February 1865, joining the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Charleston, S.C., 20 February 1865
  • Chenango operated in the Charleston area as well as along the Georgia coast, and on 25 February captured the blockade runner Elvira
  • On 9 March 1865 Chenango engaged a Southern force at Brown's Ferry on the Big Black River. One of her men was wounded in this exchange of fire
  • Chenango cleared Charleston, 16 May 1865, making Philadelphia, 20 May with USS Cambridge in tow
  • USS Chenango decommissioned, 1 July 1865, at Philadelphia and was sold 28 October 1868
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 974 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 6'6"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 171
    Armament
    two 100-pdrs
    two 20-pdrs
    two smoothbore 24-pdrs
    four 9" smoothbore guns
    Propulsion steam
    two side-wheels

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