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USS Winona (I)

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Civil War Medal

Unadilla Class Screw Gunboat:
  • Laid down in 1861 at C. & R. Poillon, New York City
  • Launched, 14 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Winona, 2 December 1861, at New York Navy Yard, LT. Edward T. Nichols in command
  • Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron at the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • Participated in the siege of Vicksburg
  • Assigned to the blockade of Mobile in August 1862
  • Reassigned to the Mississippi River in December 1862
  • Reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in February 1864 after extensive repairs at Baltimore
  • Decommissioned, 9 June 1865
  • Laid up in reserve at Portsmouth N.H. Navy Yard
  • Moved, 22 November 1865, to New York Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 30 November 1865, fate unknown
    Displacement 507 t.
    Length 158' 8"
    Beam 28'
    Depth of Hold 12'
    Draft 10' 6"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 114 officers and enlisted
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    rigged as a two masted schooner
    two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
    single screw

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    Unidilla 139k Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume. It depicts "90-Day" Gunboats USS Unadilla on the stocks at the John Englis shipyard (top left), USS Winona at the C. & R. Poillon shipyard (top right), and USS Ottawa at the Jacob A. Westervelt shipyard (bottom). These ships were launched (respectively) on 17 August, 14 September and 22 August 1861.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59368
    Robert Hurst
    Winona 435k Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, 1861 of the Gunboat USS Winona under way. Tommy Trampp
    Unadilla 82k Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, July-December 1861 volume. depicting the ten "90-Day Gunboats" constructed for the U.S. Navy in 1861-62. Ships, as identified in the image are from left to right;
    USS Chippewa
    USS Sciota
    USS Itasca
    USS Winona
    USS Huron
    USS Ottawa
    USS Pembina
    USS Seneca
    USS Unadilla and
    USS Sagamore. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59367
    Robert Hurst
    Winona 69k Lithograph by Endicott & Company, New York, circa 1861 of USS Winona under way.
    US Navy photo # NH 42206.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Galena 60k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting several contemporary U.S. Navy ironclad and conventional warships. They are (from left to right: USS Puritan (in the original twin-turret design); USS Catskill; USS Montauk, USS Keokuk (citing her original name, "Moodna"); USS Passaic; USS Galena (behind Roanoke, with name not cited); USS Roanoke; USS Winona; USS New Ironsides; USS Naugatuck; USS Brooklyn and USS Monitor.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 59541. Courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, 1936.
    Robert Hurst
    New London 75k "View of Ship Island, Louisiana. -- By our Special Artist on Board the 'Sagamore"
    Line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting several U.S. Navy ships anchored off the Federal base at Ship Island in early 1862. Ships are (from left to right) USS Winona, USS New London, USS Niagara, USS Sagamore, USS Wissahickon, and USS Massachusetts. Other features identified, in the center and right background, are Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island, the 9th Connecticut and 22nd Massachusetts Regiments and a military camp.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59009
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kineo 158k
    "The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862"

    Colored lithograph, published by Currier & Ives, 1862. The original print bears the following descriptive text: "Destruction of the Rebel gunboats, rams and iron clad batteries by the Union Fleet under Flag Officer Farragut. The attack was commenced on the 18th of April and continued until the 25th resulting in the capture of Forts Jackson, St. Phillip, Livingston, Pike and the city of New Orleans, as well as the destruction of all the enemy gunboats, rams, floating batteries (iron clad), fire rafts, booms and chains. The enemy with their own hands destroying cotton and shipping valued at from eight to ten millions of dollars. 'The sight of this night attack was awfully grand, the river was lit up with blazing rafts filled with pine knots and the ships seemed to be fighting literally amidst flames and smoke." In this view, ships are identified as (starting at top left center, up the river, running down to the right, then across toward the left): Confederate steamers; USS Cayuga (leading the Union column), USS Pensacola, burning confederate steamer, USS Varuna, USS Oneida, USS Mississippi (engaging the ram CSS Manassas), USS Richmond, USS Kineo, USS Hartford (flagship, in collision with a fire raft), USS Brooklyn and USS Winona. A Confederate fire raft is in the lower right. Fort St. Phillip is shown at right and Fort Jackson at left.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Tommy Trampp
    Winona 86k USS Winona under the guns of Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay while chase the Confederate raider CSS Florida (also known as Oreto), 13 September 1862.
    Original print Titled "Daring Exploit of Lieut. Thornton, Commanding the Gunboat Winona, Running is under the Guns of Fort Morgan Mobile Bay and Firing into the Rebel Gunboat Oreto, Sept. 13".
    From "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" October 18, 1862, pg. 64.
    Tommy Trampp
    Winona 65k USS Winona on the Mississippi River off Baton Rouge, LA., in March 1863. Note the identification number "2" painted on her smokestack.
    US Navy photo # NH 49971.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Winona 64k USS Winona Off Baton Rouge, LA., in March 1863.
    US Navy photo # NH 49970.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    State of Georgia 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst
    Winona 162k USS Winona underway, date and location unknown. Winona saw significant action in the Gulf of Mexico and in the waterways of the Mississippi River and was fortunate to return home safely after the war for decommissioning. Bill Gonyo
    Winona 74k Henry Martyn Dennison entered the Navy as Assistant Paymaster on 9 September 1861. His first assignment was the gunboat USS Winona from November 1861 to September 1862. During his tour he was promoted to Paymaster on 14 April 1862. From December 1862 to January 1863 he found himself aboard the supply ship USAT Blackstone. His last assignment during the Civil War was aboard the USS Ticonderoga from March 1863 to August 1865. Bill Gonyo

    USS Winona (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Nichols, Edward T.2 December 1861 - 11 August 1862
    02LCDR. Thornton, James S.11 August 1862 - 3 December 1862
    03LCDR. Weaver, Aaron Ward3 December 1862 - 3 June 1864
    04LCDR. Stone, Edward E. (Temp)3 June 1864 - 11 June 1864
    05LCDR. MacKenzie, Alexander Slidell11 June 1864 - 30 November 1864
    06LCDR. Dana, William H.30 November 1864 - 15 May 1865
    07ACT. Master Sheffield, Edward H.15 May 1865 - 9 June 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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