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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Mystic Type: Screw Steamer Tonnage: 541
Length: 157’ Beam: 24’ Draught: Forward: 9’, Aft: 13’6”
Speed: Max: 6.5 knots, Avg.: 4 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: August 16, 1862: 4 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 20-pdr. Parrott rifle.

Note: Listed as “practically the same until January 12, 1865.

January 12, 1865: 4 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 1 20-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 24-pdr. Dahlgren howitzers

Namesake: Not Listed.

Images:

NH 66993: Steamship Mount Savage, later USS Mystic3

 

Captain(s):
Acting Master William Wright
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Captain 2
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864): York and Pamunkey Rivers and Chesapeake Bay | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 17, 1864)4

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.5
  • Note: On June 17, 1864, this ship is noted as a “guard ship.” 6

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.7

Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864)8

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.9

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): York River, Virginia | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)10

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.11
  • Note: On August 17, 1864, this ship is noted as a “guard.”12

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

York River and Chesapeake | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy Bay  (September 1 & 16, 1864)13,14

Second Division (Hampton Roads and James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (October 1, 1864)15

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.16
  • Notes:
    • On September 16, 1864, this ship is noted as a “guard.”17
    • On October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as a “guard” ship”, on “York River.”18

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.19

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)20,21,22

  • Captain: Acting Master William Wright (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)23,24,25
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
    • 7 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)26
    • 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.27
  • Notes:
    • On November 1, 1864, this ship is noted as a “guard ship.”28
    • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.29

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 1, 15 & 25, 1865)30,31,32,33,34

  • Captain: Acting Master William Wright (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)35,36,37,38
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
    • 7 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)39,40,41,42
    • 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 x 24-pdr. howitzers, 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle (August 16, 1862, but “practically the same until January 12, 1865.43
    • 4 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 1 x 20-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 x 24-pdr. Dahlgren howitzers (January 12, 1865)44
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.45,46,47,48

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865): Detached [Where?] | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)49

  • Captain: Acting Master William Wright (March 18, 1865)50
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (March 18, 1865)51
  • Note: On March 18, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.52

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:53

The first Memphis, a 5‑gun screw steamer built as Mount Savage at Philadelphia in 1853, was chartered by the Navy as Memphis 13 September 1858 for the Expedition to Paraguay 1858‑59 and purchased 26 May 1859. She was renamed Mystic (q.v.) 14 June 1859.

[SOPO Editor’s Note: The entry ends there.  There is apparently no account of USS Mystic’s service in the Civil War in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.]

 

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. 153
    3. “NH 66993 Steamship Mount Savage.” 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-66993.html. Title: Steamship Mount Savage Description: (1853) Watercolor by Erik Heyl, prepared for use in his book Early American Steamers, Volume III. This steamer was chartered by the Navy in 1858 for the Paraguay expedition, purchased in 1859 and served as USS Mystic until sold in June 1865. She was the civilian steamer General Custer in 1865-1868. Courtesy of Erik Heyl. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 66993
    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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
    9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
    11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
    13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
    14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
    15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
    16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
    18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
    19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
    21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
    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. 3940
    24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
    25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
    29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
    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 XI, pp. 398400
    40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 153
    45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    46. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    47. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    48. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    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. 7173
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    52. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    53. “Memphis I (ScStr).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/m/memphis-i.html.

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