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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
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.
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 11 kts
one 100-pdr rifle
one 10" gun
one 12-pdr rifle
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||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.
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||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 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.
||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 Seminole and
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59213.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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