USS Commodore Barney

   

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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Commodore Barney Type: Sidewheel Steamer Tonnage: 512
Length: 143’ Beam: 33’ Draught: 9’
Speed: 8 knots Complement: 96 men Class: Commodore Barney
Armament: Sept. 7, 1863: 5 IX-inch, 1 100-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 heavy 12-pdr.
Namesake: Joshua Barney was born 6 July 1759 in Baltimore, Md. He served with distinction in Hornet and Wasp during the Revolutionary War and at the outbreak of the War of 1812 reentered the Navy as a captain, and commanded a fleet of gunboats defending Chesapeake Bay. At the Battle of Bladensburg, Barney and his sailors, acting as artillerymen, made a heroic defense of the National Capitol. Commodore Barney died 1 December 1818 at Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Captain(s):
Acting Volunteer Lieutenant George B. Livingston
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

Sounds of North Carolina | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 13-?, 1864)4

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June ?-?, 1864)4

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  • Note: On June 17, 1864, this ship is noted as “ordered up in James River.” 6

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

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Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864):

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): Fourth Division (James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 1 & 17, 1864)7

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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 & 16 and October 1, 1864)8,9,10

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  • Note: On October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as in “James River.”11

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

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

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)12,13,14

Appomattox River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 12, 1864)15

  • Captain: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant George B. Livingston (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)16,17,18
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  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)19
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    • On November 12, 1864, this ship was located in the Appomattox River and was classified as a “ferryboat.”20
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.21

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865): James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 1, 15 & 25, 1865)22,23,24,25,26

  • Captain: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant George B. Livingston (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)27,28,29,30
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  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)31,32,33,34
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.35,36,37,38

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865):

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)39

Appomattox River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18 and April 1, 1865)40

  • Captain: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant George B. Livingston (March 18 and April 1, 1865)41,42
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  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1, 1865)43,44
  • Note: On March 18 and April 1, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Paddle Class” vessel.45,46

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:47

Commodore Barney, an armed side wheel ferry, was built in 1859 at New York as the ferry boat Ethan Allen; purchased by the Navy 2 October 1861; and commissioned later in the month.

On 13 and 14 April 1864, she joined in the James-Nansemond Rivers expedition.

After spending the period from 22 April to 27 June 1864 in the North Carolina sounds she returned to cruise the James and Appomattox Rivers until ordered to Washington Navy Yard 5 May 1865. She was sold there 20 July 1865.

 

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. 63
      3. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, after p. 44
      4. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      5. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, p. 61
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, p. 61
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      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. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      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. 7173
      46. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      47. “Commodore Barney.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/commodore-barney.html.

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