USS Poppy

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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Poppy Type: Screw Tug Tonnage: 93
Length: 88’ Beam: 19’ Draught: 7’3”
Speed: 6 to 8 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: February 1 and November 9, 1864: 1 heavy 12-pdr. Smoothbore, 1 12-pdr. rifle
Namesake: Any of a genus of bristly-hairy herbs with showy red, yellow, or white flowers.

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Captain(s):
Acting Ensign William Clark
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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; temporary torpedo boat, tender and ram to ironclads” and “above Wilson’s Wharf” on the James River.4

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)5

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  • Note: On July 31, 1864, this ship is noted as at “Hampton Roads, tug.”6

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): Fourth Division (James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)7

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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)8,9,10

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    • On September 1, 1864, this ship is noted as at “Hampton Roads.”11
    • On September 16, 1864, this ship is noted as a “tug, Hampton Roads.”12
    • On October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as at “Hampton Roads.”13

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

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

Hampton Roads, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1, 1864)14

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 5, 1864)15

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 15, 1864)16

  • Captain: Acting Ensign William Clark (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1865)17,18,19
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    • 1 x heavy 12-pdr. Smoothbore, 1 x 12-pdr. rifle (November 9, 1864)20
    • 2 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)21
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    • On November 1, 1864, this ship is noted as on “tug duty.”22
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.23

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

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1, 1865)24

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 15, 1865)25

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 1 & 15, 1865)26,27

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)28

  • Captain: Acting Ensign William Clark (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)29,30,31,32
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  • Armament: 2 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)33,34,35,36
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.37,38,39,40

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865): Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, April 1, and probably April 15, 1865)41,42,43

  • Captain: Acting Ensign W. Clarke (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)44,45,46
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  • Armament: 2 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)47,48,49
  • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.50,51,52

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:53

Poppy (Screw Tug), originally white oak steamer Addie Douglass, was purchased at Philadelphia 31 October 1863 from J. Alderdice; renamed Poppy; and commissioned 10 November 1863.

During the Civil War, Poppy served as a tender to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron… Poppy was then used as mail and supply tug until 17 June [1864] when she was stationed in the James River above Wilson’s Wharf as a tender and ram to ironclads. Late in the year she became a tug in Hampton Roads and operated there and in the James River, becoming an ordnance tug at Norfolk in April 1865.

She was sold at New York 30 November 1865 to William Farrington.

 

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. 181182
    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. 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. 324325
    7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
    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 X, pp. 410412
    12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
    13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
    14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
    15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
    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. 3940
    18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
    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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 181182
    21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
    23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
    24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
    29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
    38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
    39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
    40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
    41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
    44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    46. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
    47. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    48. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    49. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
    50. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
    51. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
    52. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
    53. “Poppy.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/p/poppy.html.

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