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USS State of Georgia

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built at Philadelphia in 1851 by Vaughn & Lynn
  • Purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia, 25 September 1861 from Philadelphia and Savannah Steamship Co.
  • Commissioned USS State of Georgia, 20 November 1861, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, CDR. James F. Armstrong in command
  • Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads, 26 November arriving off Beaufort, N.C., 28 November
  • In May assisted USS Mount Vernon and USS Victoria in capturing steamer Constitution and in company with Victoria capturing steamer Nassau
  • In September State of Georgia participated in the chase an unidentified schooner running her ashore and seized the English steamer Sunbeam
  • In March 1863, State of Georgia and USS Mount Vernon chased schooner Mary Jane ashore and captured schooner Rising Daunt
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1863, at Philadelphia for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 27 November 1863, returning to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 10 September 1864, at the New York Navy Yard for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 5 January 1865 and assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • In February, she participated in the operations which took Bull's Bay, S.C.
  • In April 1865, she proceeded to Aspinwall, New Granada, to carry dispatches to the American minister at Bogota
  • State of Georgia along with USS Huntsville rescued the survivors of the wrecked Golden Rule near Roncador Reef, 9 June
  • Decommissioned at New York, 9 September 1865
  • She was sold at public auction at New York, 25 October 1865 to CAPT. G. Wright, redocumented Andrew Johnson, 9 May 1866
  • Final Disposition, driven ashore at Currituck Inlet, N.C., during a hurricane, 5 October 1866, declared a total loss
    Displacement 1,204 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 33'
    Depth of Hold 21'
    Draft 14'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 113
    six 8" cwt
    two 32-pdrs
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    Propulsion steam
    two paddlewheels

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    State of Georgia 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst
    State of Georgia 50k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1951, of USS State of Georgia painted for use in his book Early American Steamers, Volume I.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63893. Courtesy of Erik Heyl
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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