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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Hydrangea Type: Screw Tug Tonnage: 224
Length: 120’ Beam: 20’3” Draught: Not listed.
Speed: 10-11 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: December 31, 1864: 1 20-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 12-pdr. howitzers
Namesake: Not Listed.

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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)3

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  • Note: On June 17, 1864, this ship is noted as a “tug; mail boat” and on the James River “above Wilson’s Wharf.”4

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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  • Note: Hydrangea was transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron 23 July 1864.5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864):

  • Not Present.

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

  • Not Present.

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

  • Not Present.

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

  • Not Present.
  • Armament: 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 x 12-pdr. howitzers (December 31, 1864)6

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

  • Not Present.

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

  • Not Present.

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:7

Hydrangea, a wooden steam tug, was built as Hippodame in 1862 at Buffalo, N.Y., and purchased by the Navy at New York, from her owner, C. TV. Copeland, 16 October 1863. She commissioned at New York Navy Yard 18 April 1864, Ens. C. W. Rogers in command.

Reporting to Hampton Roads for duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Hydrangea spent May towing monitors and acting as tender to Onondaga. She then took up station in the James River, where she acted as a tug and mail boat. Making two trips a day from Deep Bottom, near the front lines, to the large supply base at City Point, she helped support the Union efforts to break the military stalemate around Richmond. Hydrangea was then transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron 23 July 1864…

Hydrangea decommissioned at New York 1 September 1865, and was sold 25 October to S. and J. M. Flanagan. Redocumented Norman 4 January 1866, she returned to private service and was stranded and lost off Cape May, N.J., 17 November 1886.

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. 106
    3. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
    4. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
    5. “Hydrangea.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/hydrangea.html.
    6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 106
    7. “Hydrangea.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/hydrangea.html.

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