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CSS Gaines

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, 1861-62, at Mobile, AL.
  • Launched, 1862
  • Commissioned in 1862 CSS Gaines, LT. J. W. Bennett, CSN, in command
  • Gaines served in the waters of Mobile Bay and , participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
  • Run aground during the battle by her own officers to avoid surrender to the Union forces
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 863 t.
    Length 202'
    Beam 38'
    Depth of Hold 13'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 130
    Armor partially covered with 2" iron plating
    one 8" rifle
    five 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Gaines 123k Drawing of CSS Gaines, artist unknown.
    Image from Wikipedia
    Robert Hurst
    Selma 153k "Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864"
    Reproduction of an 1864 pen & ink drawing by George S. Waterman, C.S.N., depicting the action as seen from above and inside the entrance to Mobile Bay. Confederate ships present are (as identified on the drawing);
    CSS Selma
    CSS Morgan
    CSS Gaines (shown twice, in the battle line, and beached off Fort Morgan after the battle) and
    CSS Tennessee. Union monitors shown are (from the front of the line);
    (sinking after striking a mine),
    USS Manhattan
    USS Winnebago and
    USS Chickasaw. The leading two steam sloops in the Union line are
    USS Brooklyn and
    USS Hartford. Small diagram in the lower right represents the various efforts by Union ships to ram Tennessee later in the action.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 42392
    Robert Hurst

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