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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Dawn Type: Screw Steamer Tonnage: 399
Length: 154’ Beam: 28’10” Draught: Loaded: 12’, Light: 10’
Speed: Max: 11 knots, Avg.: 8 knots Complement: 60 men Class: N/A
Armament: March 22, 1863: 1 100-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 20-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 12-pdr. Dahlgren
Namesake: Daybreak or early morning.

Images:

NH 66961 Steamship Dawn3

 

Captain(s):
Acting Master Joseph A. Jackaway
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864): James River | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 17, 1864)4

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  • Note: On June 17, 1864, this ship is noted as “at Wilson’s Wharf” and “above Newport News” in the James River.5

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

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

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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)7,8

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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)9,10,11

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  • Note: On October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as in “James River.”12

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)13,14,15

  • Captain: Acting Master Joseph A. Jackaway (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)16,17,18
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  • Armament: 3  x “guns” (December 15, 1864)19
  • Notes:
    • On November 12, 1864, this ship was located in the James River at “Harrison’s Landing” and was classified as a “propeller” driven vessel.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 Master Joseph A. Jackaway (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)27,28,29,30
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  • Armament: 3 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) (Left for the Sounds of North Carolina prior to April 1, 1865, probably on March 25, 1865)39,40,41

  • Captain: Acting Master J. A. Jackaway (March 18, 1865)42
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  • Armament: 3 x “guns” (March 18 & April 1, 1865)43,44
  • Note: On March 18 and April 1, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.45,46

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:47

The first Dawn, a screw steamer, was built in 1857 by Samuel Sneden, New York; chartered 26 April 1861 and purchased 12 October 1861; outfitted at New York Navy Yard; and commissioned 9 May 1861, Commander W. Chandler in command.

Out of commission at New York from 9 July to 2 December 1863 for repairs, Dawn departed 10 December to join the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and cruised in the James River from 14 December 1863 to 25 March 1865, performing picket duty and assisting in keeping the river banks free from enemy batteries. Dawn was placed out of commission 17 June 1865 at Portsmouth Navy Yard and later taken to Boston Navy Yard and sold 1 November 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. 72
      3. Heyl, Erik. “NH 66961 Steamship Dawn.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-66000/NH-66961.html. (1856) Watercolor by Erik Heyl, for use in his book Early American Steamers, Volume III. This vessel served as USS Dawn in 1861-1865 and was later the civilian steamer Eutaw. Courtesy of Erik Heyl. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
      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. 324325
      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, p. 326
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      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 X, pp. 514515
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      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. “Dawn I (Screw Steamer).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/d/dawn-i.html.
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      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. “Dawn I (Screw Steamer).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/d/dawn-i.html.

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