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USS Dacotah

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Steam Sloop:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Launched, 23 March 1859
  • Commissioned, USS Dacotah,1 May 1860, CDR. William Radford, in command.
  • USS Dacotah's first assignment was with the East Indian Squadron, arriving at Hong Kong, 8 January 1861
  • Decommissioned at New York Navy Yard, from 31 December 1861 to 25 February 1862
  • Departing, 9 March 1862, Dacotah joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads
  • Assigned to the James River Flotilla, 19 July 1862
  • Ordered to Nassau, 4 September 1862, to search for the Confederate privateers CS Alabama and CS Florida
  • Dacotah rejoined the blockading forces off Wilmington, N.C., 8 December, 1862
  • On 11 June 1863 Dacotah stood out for Baltimore, MD., for repairs to her boilers
  • Returning to blockade duty, 15 September 1863, she was ordered into quarantine at New York the next month when several cases of smallpox were discovered on board
  • During a repair period at Portsmouth, N.H., she participated in the search for the captured steamer Chesapeake
  • Dacotah departed Portsmouth, 28 January 1864, to rejoin the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Beaufort, N.C.
  • Placed out of commission from 19 August 1864 to 29 May 1865 at Boston
  • Cruised the West Indies from 13 June 1865 until her arrival at Philadelphia Navy Yard 31 August 1865.
  • Dacotah put to sea from Philadelphia, 27 January 1866, for a voyage to the Pacific, calling at Funchal, Maderia, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and after passing through the Straits of Magellan, at Valparaiso. Following duty off the coasts of South and Central America, Mexico, and California
  • Dacotah decommissioned at Mare Island, 26 July 1869, until sold, 30 May 1873
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 996 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 100-pdr rifle
    four 32-pdrs
    one 10" gun
    one 12-pdr rifle
    one 12-pdr
    Propulsion steam

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    Dacotah 239k Photo probably taken aboard USS Dacotah showing the ranking officer, CDR. William Radford, leaning on his sword. USS Dacotah visited Java in August, 1861.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 351.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Naugatuck 130k Bombardment of Sewell's Point, Virginia, 8 May 1862.
    Print published in Fiveash, "Virginia-Monitor Engagement", Norfolk, Virginia, 1907. It depicts USS Monitor (at left) accompanied by the Federal war ships USS Naugatuck, USS Dacotah, USS Seminole and USS Susquehanna (listed in no particular order, and depicted rather inaccurately), firing on the Confederate batteries at Sewell's point, near Norfolk VA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 58756.
    Robert Hurst
    Naugatuck 118k Published in Fiveash, "Virginia-Monitor Engagement, Norfolk, Virginia, 1907". It depicts CSS Virginia (at left) making her appearance near Craney Island as USS Monitor (left center) and other Federal warships withdraw after bombarding Sewell's Point, near Norfolk. The other U.S. Navy ships presented included USS Naugatuck, USS Dacotah, USS Seminole and USS Susquehanna.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59213.
    Robert Hurst

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