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USS Iroquois (I) (1859 - 1904)
Nan - Have - Sail
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Steam Sloop of War:
Laid down, date unknown, at New York Navy Yard
Launched, 12 April 1859
Commissioned USS Iroquois, 24 November 1859, CDR. J. S. Palmer, in command
Initially assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron in January 1860
USS Iroquois's first assignment during the Civil War was a search and destroy mission to the Caribbean seeking Confederate commerce raiders
In 1862 USS Iroquois was re-assigned to the mouth of the Mississippi River in preparation for the attack on New Orleans
After New Orleans Iroquois moved up the river to participate in the siege at Vicksburg
Iroquois returned to New York 2 October 1862, where she was decommissioned 6 October 1862 for repairs
Recommissioned, 8 January 1863, CDR. Henry Roland in command, assigned to the North Atlantic blockading Squadron
Decommissioned, 8 October 1863, at Baltimore, MD. for repairs
Recommissioned, 31 March 1864, CDR. C. R. P. Rodgers in command, assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron
Decommissioned, 6 October 1865, at New York
Recommissioned, 7 January 1867, CDR. Earl English in command
Sailed for the Asiatic Squadron, 7 January 1867
Decommissioned, 23 April 1870, at League Island, PA.
Recommissioned, 23 August 1871, CDR. H. A. Adams in command
Assigned to the East Coast until 18 March 1872, when she sailed to rejoin the Asiatic Fleet
Decommissioned, 23 July 1874, at San Francisco, CA.
Recommissioned, 12 April 1882, CDR. J. H. Sands in command, assigned to the Pacific station
Decommissioned, 12 May 1892, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Transferred to the Marine Hospital Service and served
Returned to commissioned status, 13 December 1898, LT. Charles Pond in command
Assigned to the Pacific
Decommissioned, 30 June 1899, at Honolulu T.H.
Transferred again to the Marine Hospital Service
Name changed to Ionie, 30 November 1904
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 August 1910
Displacement 2,016 t.
Length 198' 11"
Beam 33' 10"
Speed 11 kts
one 12-pdr howitzer
Propulsion steam and sail
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||USS Iroquois at anchor, date and location unknown
US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command.
||"Panoramic View of the United States Fleet passing the Forts on the Mississippi, on its way to New Orleans, April 19th, 1862."
Contemporary line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume I. It depicts the Federal ships shortly before they began the passage of the forts, with
the Confederate gunboats waiting upstream. Individual U.S. Navy ships (as identified in text below the engraving) are:
USS John P. Jackson;
USS Hartford (Flagship);
USS Cayuga; and
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59063
||CSS Governor Moore beached and in flames, 24 April 1862.
The Union ships are from left to right:
the sunken USS Varuna
USS Iroquois and in the foreground
Drawing from an 1888 Century Company New York Publication
||William Waud's image of USS Iroquois XI-inch gun crew hit during the battle of New Orleans. Printed in Frank Leslie's Illustrated newspaper.
||USS Iroquois anchor in the Mare Island Channel, Vallejo, CA. while in decommissioned status in 1892.
USS Iroquois (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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