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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Clinton Type: Screw Tug Tonnage: 50
Length: 58’8” Beam: 15’10” Draught: Loaded: 7’, Light: 5’6”
Speed: Max: 11 knots, Avg.: 7 knots Complement: 16 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: Appears to be none.
Namesake: Partial retention of former name Lena Clinton; counties in nine states.

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Captain(s):
Acting Ensign Farnum J. Runnells
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Acting Ensign G. W. Hadden
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present3
  • Note: The first Clinton, a screw tug, was purchased June 14, 1864 at New York under the name Lena Clinton.4

Second Offensive Order of Battle (June 19-30, 1864):

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.5

Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864): Fourth Division (James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864)6

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • On July 31, 1864, this ship is noted as at “Hampton Roads, tug.”7
    • Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.8

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): Fourth Division (James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)9

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.10

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864):

Second Division (Hampton Roads and James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1, 1864)11

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. (repairing) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 16 and October 1, 1864)12,13

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • On September 16 and October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as “Second Division, repairing.”14,15
    • Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.16

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle (October 14-31, 1864):

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.17

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864):

Hampton Roads | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1, 1864)18

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 5 & 15, 1864)19,20

  • Captain:
    • Acting Ensign Farnum J. Runnells (November 1 and December 5, 1864)21,22
    • Acting Ensign G. W. Hadden (December 15, 1864)23
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.24
    • Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.25,26

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865):

Norfolk, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 1, 1865)27,28,29

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 15, 1865)30

  • Captain: Acting Ensign G. W. Hadden (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)31,32,33,34
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note:
    • On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.35,36,37,38
    • Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.39

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865): James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865) (clearing obstructions on the James River on April 15)40,41,42

  • Captain: Acting Ensign G. W. Hadden (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)43,44,45
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.46,47,48
    • Clinton was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war.49

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:50

The first Clinton, a screw tug, was purchased 14 June 1864 at New York under the name Lena Clinton. She was assigned to duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Acting Ensign Farnum J. Runnells in command, for picket and tug service in the James River and at Norfolk Navy Yard until the end of the war. Arriving at New York Navy Yard 16 June 1865, she remained in use as a yard tug until sold 3 August 1870.

 

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. “DANFS.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html.
      2. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 60
      3. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      4. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      5. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      8. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      10. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      16. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      17. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      26. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      39. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      46. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      47. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      48. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      49. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.
      50. “Clinton I (Screw Tug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/clinton-i.html.

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