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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Montauk Type: Single-turreted Monitor Tonnage: 750
Length: 200’ Beam: 46’ Draught: August 4, 1864: 11’8”, Light: 11’4”
Speed: Max: 8.5 knots Complement: 75 men Class: Passaic
Armament: February 22, 1864: 1 15″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 11″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 2 light 12-pdr. Smoothbores

August, 1864: 1 15″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 11″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 2 light 12-pdr. Smoothbores, 1 12-pdr. rifle

November, 1864 and March 22, 1865: 1 15″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 11″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 12-pdr. rifle

Namesake: A village and fishing resort on Long Island, N.Y., near Montauk Point, the eastern extremity of New York.

Images:

“NH 101697-KN USS MONTAUK Sinking C.S. Privateer RATTLESNAKE, February 28, 1863.” 3

 

Captain(s):
Lieutenant Commander Edward E. Stone
Captain Image

Captain 2
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present4

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

  • Not Present5

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

Not Present6

  • Armament: 1 x 15″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 x 11″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 2 x light 12-pdr. Smoothbores, 1 x 12-pdr. rifle (August ??, 1864)7

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

Not Present8,9,10

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

Not Present11,12,13

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 1 x 15″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 x 11″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 x 12-pdr. rifle (November ??, 1864)14

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

Not Present (January 1 & 15, 1865)15,16

Not Present (North Carolina) (February 1 & 15, 1865)17,18

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)19

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Edward E. Stone (February 1 & 15, 1865)20,21
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 2 x “guns” (February 1 & 15, 1865)22,23
  • Note: On February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 3” vessel.24,25

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

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)26

Had left for Washington, D.C. and was located there (prior to April 1, 1865)27

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Edward E. Stone (March 18 and April 1, 1865)28,29
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
    • 2 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1, 1865)30,31
    • 1 x 15″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 x 11″ Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 x 12-pdr. rifle (March 22, 1865)32
  • Note: On March 18 and April 1, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.33,34

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:35

Single‑turreted monitor Montauk was built by John Ericsson at Continental Iron Works, Greenpoint, N.Y.; launched 9 October 1862; and commissioned at New York 14 December 1862, Comdr. John L. Worden in command…

[SOPO Editor’s Note: The ship was only in the James River apparently as the very end of the war, and that isn’t covered here.  Most of the ship’s Civil War experiences are omitted here.]

Montauk remained off Charleston until July 1864 when she shifted operations to the Stono River. In February 1865, she transferred to the Cape Fear River. Proceeding to Washington after the end of the conflict, she served as a floating bier for assassin John Wilkes Booth 27 April [1865] and a floating prison for six accomplices.

Decommissioning at Philadelphia in 1865, she remained there, until sold to Frank Samuel 14 April 1904.

 

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. 149150
    3. “NH 101697-KN USS MONTAUK Sinking C.S. Privateer RATTLESNAKE, February 28, 1863.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-101000/NH-101697-KN.html. Title: USS MONTAUK sinking C.S. Privateer RATTLESNAKE, February 28, 1863 Caption: USS MONTAUK sinking C.S. Privateer RATTLESNAKE, in the Ogeechee River, Georgia, February 28, 1863. Painting by Alexander C. Stuart, owned by the James W. Woodruff, Jr., Confederate Naval Museum, Columbus, Georgia. Note: RATTLESNAKE was the former CSS NASHVILLE. Description: color Catalog #: NH 101697-KN
    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. 324325
    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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 149150
    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 XI, pp. 3940
    12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
    13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 149150
    15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
    20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    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. 7173
    27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 149150
    33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    35. “Montauk I (Monitor).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/m/montauk-i.html.

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