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USS Tallapoosa (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sassacus Class Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a wooden-hulled steamer at New York Navy Yard by C. W. Booz of Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 17 February 1863
  • Commissioned USS Tallapoosa, 13 September 1864, LCDR. Joseph E. DeHaven in command
  • Assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • Following the Civil War USS Tallapoosa was assigned to the Gulf Squadron
  • Laid up in 1867 at Washington Navy Yard
  • Reactivated in 1869
  • Assigned as training ship at the US Naval Academy Annapolis, MD. in 1872
  • Redesignated a transport in 1873
  • Rebuilt at Baltimore in 1874-1875, configured as a single-ender to serve as a dispatch vessel until 1884
  • Sunk by collision, 24 August 1884, off Vineyard Haven, R.I. with the schooner J. S. Lowell
  • Raised and repaired by Merritt Wrecking Co.
  • Recommissioned, 11 January 1886, at New York Navy Yard
  • Assigned to the South Atlantic Squadron, 7 June 1886
  • Condemned as unfit for further service, 30 January 1892
  • Sold at public auction at Montevideo, Uruguay, 3 March 1892
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 974 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth 11' 6"
    Draft 6' 6"
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement 190
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 20-pdr Parrott rifles
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam
    two sidewheels

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    Sassacus (I)
    85k Generic lithograph representing the Sassacus-class gunboats.
    John Spivey
    Tallapoosa 85k A wash drawing by Clary Ray, circa 1900, depicting the wooden-hulled double-ended steamer USS Tallapoosa as she appeared during the Civil War. Courtesy of the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 270.
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 125k USS Tallapoosa Ship's officers, 1873. Her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant David G. McRitchie, is seated in the center.
    Photo courtesy of Admiral William D. Leahy, December 1938.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42232.
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 76k USS Tallapoosa tied up at the Sheer Wharf, Boston Navy Yard, circa 1876, after she was reconstructed. Note the sheer legs on the wharf, and the sterns of USS Wabash and USS Ohio at the left.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42479, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 106k USS Tallapoosa after reconstruction, circa 1874-1884.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 43864.
    Robert Hurst
    Marion 79k Lithograph after a drawing by Joseph L. Jones, circa 1877-1880 depicting a Naval Review in Hampton-Roads, VA. dedicated to Secretary of the Navy Richard W. Thompson. Ships present include (from left):
    USS Marion,
    USS Tallapoosa (flying the Secretary of the Navy's Flag),
    USS Constitution,
    USS Kearsarge,
    USS Saratoga,
    USS Powhatan,
    USS Portsmouth and
    USS Minnesota.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61193. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 892k USS Tallapoosa, right and USS Despatch, left, at Bar Harbor, ME., 10 September 1882, during the visit to Bar Harbor by then President Chester Arthur.
    Photo courtesy Maine Historical Preservation Commission.
    Jonathan Eno
    Tallapoosa 107k Starboard quarter view of USS Tallapoosa anchored at an unknown location probably from the mid to late 1880’s.
    Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-20105
    Mike Green
    193k Ships in the harbor at Portsmouth, N.H., 1 August 1884, including those returning from the rescue of LT. A.W. Greely, U.S. Army, and other survivors, of the Greely Relief Expedition. Left to right;
    USS Tallapoosa,
    USS Alliance,
    USS Thetis
    USS Bear, and
    USS Alert. The latter three ships participated in the expedition.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 900699.
    Robert Hurst
    Nina 93k USS Nina salvaging the wreck of USS Tallapoosa sunk in Martha’s Vineyard Sound, circa 1884-1885.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 161k USS Tallapoosa in drydock, probably at the New York Navy Yard in 1884 or 1885, showing damage received, 24 August 1884, when she was sunk in a collision with the schooner James S. Lowell. The view looks toward her starboard side, just forward of the midships superstructure.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42231.
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 96k USS Tallapoosa at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, MA., circa 1886, following her final rebuilding.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 43865.
    Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 173k After she was rebuilt as "single-ender" USS Tallapoosa resembled one of the era's commercial steamers more than she did a warship. The vessel still had the provision of sail power. Tommy Trampp
    Constellation 63k A view of the waterfront at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, circa 1886, with the floating drydock at left. Ships present are (from left to right): USS Constellation; USS Dale; USS Tallapoosa; and USS Constitution (housed over).
    Photo courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, 1971.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 58947
    Robert Hurst

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