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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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Captain 2
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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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  • Notes:
    • 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
  • Notes:
    • 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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