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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Eutaw Type: Double-Ender Sidewheel Steamer Tonnage: 955
Length: 205’ Beam: 35’ Draught: 8’6”, Light: 7’
Speed: Max: 13 knots, Avg.: 9 knots Complement: 135 men ClassSassacus
Armament: October 18, 1864: 4 9″ Dahlgren Smoothbores, 2 100-pdr. Parrott rifles, 2 20-pdr. Rifles

December 5, 1864: 4 9″ Dahlgren Smoothbores, 2 100-pdr. Parrott rifles, 2 20-pdr. Rifles, 2 24-pdr. Howitzers

Namesake: A town in Alabama.

Images:

NH 61876 USS Eutaw (1863-1867)3

 

Captain(s):
Lieutenant Commander Homer C. Blake
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Lieutenant Commander Leonard Paulding
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Acting Volunteer Lieutenant John W. Simmons
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Captain 4
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864): James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 17, 1864)4

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  • Note: On June 17, 1864, this ship is noted as “off Bermuda Hundred” and “above Newport News” on 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):

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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 and 17, 1864)6,7

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  • Note: On August 17, 1864, this ship is noted as “waiting Department’s orders as to place to be repaired.”8

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864): Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. (repairing) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1 & 16, 1864)9

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  • Note:
    • On September 1, 1864, this ship is noted as “repairing, Aug. 8, 1864.”10
    • On September 16, 1864, this ship is noted as “Second Division, repairing.”11

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

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  • Armament: 4 x 9″ Dahlgren Smoothbores, 2 x 100-pdr. Parrott rifles, 2 x 20-pdr. Rifles (October 18, 1864)12

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: Lieutenant Commander Homer C. Blake (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)16,17,18
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  • Armament:
    • 4 x 9″ Dahlgren Smoothbores, 2 x 100-pdr. Parrott rifles, 2 x 20-pdr. Rifles, 2 x 24-pdr. Howitzers (December 5, 1864)19
    • 10 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)20
  • Notes:
    • On November 12, 1864, this ship was located in the James River at “Deep Bottom” and was classified as a “gunboat.”21
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 3” vessel.22

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)23,24,25,26,27

  • Captain:
    • Lieutenant Commander Homer C. Blake (January 1 & 15 and February 1, 1865)28,29,30
    • Not Listed. (February 15, 1865)31
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 10 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)32,33,34,35
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 3” vessel.36,37,38,39

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)40,41,42

  • Captain:
    • Not Listed. (March 18, 1865)43
    • Acting Volunteer Lieutenant John W. Simmons (April 1, 1865)44
    • Lieutenant Commander Leonard Paulding (April 15, 1865)45
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  • Armament: 10 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)46,47,48
  • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Paddle Class” vessel.49,50,51

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:54

Eutaw, a double-ended side wheel steamer, was launched in February 1863 by J. J. Abrahams, Baltimore, Md.; and commissioned 2 July 1863, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Blake in command.

Eutaw joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for operations in the Potomac and James rivers and along the Atlantic coast as far south as the southern border of North Carolina. On 4 and 5 May 1864, she sailed up the James River to cover, with two other ships, the landing of troops below City Point, Va., and between 14 and 17 July, shelled Malvern Hill, Va.

Eutaw towed the monitor Tecumseh to Pensacola, Fla., between 5 and 28 July 1864, returning to picket duty in the James River 22 August. There she served until the close of the war. On 26 April 1865, she sailed for New York, where she was decommissioned 8 May 1865. Eutaw lay in ordinary until sold 15 October 1867.

 

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. 81
    3. “NH 61876 USS Eutaw (1863-1867).” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-61000/NH-61876.html. Lithograph published by Endicott & Co., New York, circa 1865. This image was used in Endicott & Co. prints to represent many, if not all, of the Sassacus class double-ender gunboats. 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. 370371
    7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, p. 326
    8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
    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. 410412
    11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
    12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 81
    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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 81
    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, p. 61
    22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
    28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    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. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    50. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    51. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
    52. “Eutaw.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/e/eutaw.html.
    53. “Eutaw.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/e/eutaw.html.
    54. “Eutaw.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/e/eutaw.html.

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