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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Pequot Type: Screw Gunboat Tonnage: 593
Length: 190’ Beam: 29’ Draught: Loaded, forward: 9’6”, Aft: 12’, Light, forward, 7’6”, Aft: 11’4”; Oct. 13, 1864, Forward: 9’7”, Aft: 11’6”
Speed: Max: 11 knots, Avg.: 8 knots Complement: 130 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament:

March 31, 1864: 1 150-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 6 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 24-pdr. howitzers; 1 heavy12 pdr., 1 12-pdr. rifle

January 13, 1865: 1 150-pdr. Parrott rifle, 6 32-pdrs. 33 cwt.

April 26, 1865: 1 150-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 6 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 24-pdr. howitzers; 1 heavy 12 pdr., 1 heavy 12-pdr. Smoothbore

Namesake: An Indian tribe resident in Southern Connecticut, members of the Algonquian language grouping.

Images:

NH 45213 USS PEQUOT (1863-1869)3

 

Captain(s):
Lieutenant Commander Daniel L.  Braine
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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): James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 17, 1864)5

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  • Note: On June 17, 1864, this ship is noted as “off Fort Powhatan” and “above Newport News” on the James River.6

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

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Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864): Fourth Division (James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864)7

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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 & 17, 1864)8,9

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864): Second Division (Hampton Roads and James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1 & 16 and October 1, 1864)10,11,12

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  • Note: On September 16 and October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as in “James River.”13,12

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

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

Not Present. (Away in North Carolina)

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Daniel L.  Braine (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)15,16,17
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 8 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)18
  • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.19

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

Not Present. (away in North Carolina) (January 1-February ??, 1865)

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)20

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Daniel L. Blaine (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)21,22,23,24
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  • Armament:
    • 8 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)25,26,27,28
    • 1 x 150-pdr. Parrott rifle, 6 x 32-pdrs. 33 cwt. (January 13, 1865)29
  • Notes:
    • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.30,31,32,33
    • Based on the lists of vessels in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron on February 15 and 25, 1865, the USS Pequot returned to the James River sometime between those two dates. More research is needed.34,35

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

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)36

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (April 1, 1865)37

Chesapeake Bay | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (April 15, 1865)38

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Daniel L.  Braine (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)39,40,41
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
    • 8 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)42,43,44
    • 1 150-pdr. Parrott rifle, 1 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 6 32-pdrs. 33 cwt., 2 24-pdr. howitzers; 1 heavy 12 pdr., 1 heavy 12-pdr. Smoothbore (April 26, 1865)45
  • Notes:
    • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Paddle Class” vessel.46,47,48
    • Based on the lists of vessels in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron on April 1 and 15, 1865, the USS Pequot left the Richmond-Petersburg area for the Chesapeake Bay sometime between those dates. More research is needed.49,50

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:51

Pequot, a wooden screw gunboat, was launched 4 June 1863 by the Boston Navy Yard; and commissioned there 15 January 1864, Lt. Comdr. Stephen P. Quackenbush in command.

The new gunboat departed Boston 5 February [1864] and joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She captured British blockade runner Don off Beaufort, N.C., 4 March [1864], and helped the Army beat back a Confederate attack on Wilson’s Wharf, James River, Va., 24 May [1864]. Blockade duty occupied her until she participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher which protected Wilmington, N.C., 24 [December] 1864 and 13 January 1865, closing that last major Confederate port. She followed this victory by helping capture Fort Anderson, N.C.

After the end of the Civil War, she decommissioned at New York Navy Yard 3 June 1865 and was laid up until sold in 1869.

 

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. 175
      3. “NH 45213 USS PEQUOT (1863-1869).” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-45000/NH-45213.html. PEQUOT and her sisters were built with straight bows and two masts. Five sister ships, not including PEQUOT, were rebuilt with clipper bows and three masts, circa 1869. This was done on the orders of Admiral Porter. Description: Courtesy of Rear Admiral D.L. Braine Catalog #: NH 45213
      4. Daniel L.  Braine image.  MOLLUS-Mass Civil War Photograph Collection, Vol. 8, Page 391.  United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.
      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. 157158
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      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, p. 326
      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, Volume X, pp. 514515
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      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, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724: This list shows 3 guns, but I believe it is a typo. All other lists in this time frame show 8 guns.
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 175
      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 XI, pp. 192194
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 175
      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. 9394
      50. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      51. “Pequot I (Wooden Screw Gunboat).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/p/pequot-i.html.

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