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USS Geranium (1863 - 1865)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1863, as John A. Dix, at Newburgh, N.Y.
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 5 September 1863
Commissioned, USS Geranium, 15 October 1863, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Ens. G. A. Winsor in command
USS Geranium joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Charleston, S.C., 4 November 1863, serving as a picket boat, dispatch boat and light transport
Between 3 and 10 July 1864, Geranium participated in a diversionary expedition up the Stono and North Edisto Riversto divert Confederate attention
from the Charleston blockade and to cut the Charleston and Savannah Railroad
Geranium supported the movement of troops to the North Edisto River, towing and transporting supplies for the expedition
On 3 July, She engaged a Confederate battery at the mouth of the Dawhoo River
Geranium continued her picket, dispatch, and transport duties from 12 to 17 February 1865
She participated in joint Army-Navy operations at Bull's Bay north of Charleston, supporting diversionary amphibious landings which hastened the
Confederate evacuation of Charleston
At the mouth of the Santee River Geranium supported naval operations against Georgetown, S.C.
On 28 February 1865, she departed on a reconnaissance mission up the Santee gaining valuable information about the depth and navigability of the river
Geranium remained along the South Carolina coast until after the end of the war
Decommissioned, at Washington 15 July 1865, and was sold 18 October to the Treasury Department for use In the Lighthouse Service
Final Disposition, condemned on 29 November 1909 at Portland, Maine and sold 19 January 1910
Displacement 223 t.
Beam 23' 3"
Depth of Hold 8'
Speed 10 kts
one 10-pdr Parrott rifle
two 12-pdr rifles
Propulsion steam, twin paddlewheels
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|US Light House Tender Geranium under way, circa the 1890s, by N.L. Stebbins, Boston, MA. This steamer served as USS
Geranium in 1863-1865.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 96608. Courtesy of US Coast Guard Historian..
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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