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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Nansemond Type: Sidewheel Steamer Tonnage: 340
Length: 146’ Beam: 26’ Draught: Loaded: 8’3”, Light: 7’
Speed: Max: 15 knots, Avg.: 10 knots Complement: 63 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: 1 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 24-pdrs.
Namesake: A county and a river in southeastern Virginia.

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Captain(s):
Acting Master James H. Porter
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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):

  • Not Present (North Carolina)3

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

  • Not Present (North Carolina)4

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

  • Not Present (North Carolina)5

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

  • Not Present (North Carolina) (September 1, 1864)6
  • Not Present (Baltimore, MD, repairing since September 1)(September 16 and October 1, 1864)7,8

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

Not Present (North Carolina) (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)9,10,11

  • Captain: Acting Ensign (Acting Master by Dec. 15) James H. Porter (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)12,13,14
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 3 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)15
  • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.16

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

Not Present (North Carolina) (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)17,18,19,20

Hampton Roads, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)21

  • Captain: Acting Master James H. Porter (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)22,23,24,25
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 3 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)26,27,28,25
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.30,31,32,33

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

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)34

Not Present (April 1 & 15, 1865)35,36

  • Captain: Acting Master James H. Porter (March 18, 1865)37
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 3 x “guns” (March 18, 1865)38
  • Note: On March 18, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Paddle Class” vessel.39

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:40

The first Nansemond, a side wheel steamer built at Williamsburg, N.Y. in 1862, as James F. Freeborn, was purchased by the Navy at New York City 18 August 1863 from Richard Squires; renamed Nansemond and commissioned at Baltimore 19 August, Lt. Roswell H. Lamson in command.

After joining the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington 24 August 1863…

[SOPO Editor’s Note: The ship’s earlier Civil War service has been omitted.]

After supporting the Union’s final drive on Richmond, Nansemond decommissioned at Washington Navy Yard 8 August 1865. She was transferred to the Treasury Department 22 August and served the Revenue Cutter Service as W. H. Crawford, operating primarily along the Atlantic coast from Baltimore to Key West. She was sold at Baltimore to Edward D. Booz 24 April 1897.

 

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. 154
      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. 324325
      5. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      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. 192194
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      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 XI, pp. 398400
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      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. 7173
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      40. “Nansemond I (SwStr).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/n/nansemond-i.html.

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