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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Samuel Rotan Type: Schooner Tonnage: 212
Length: 110’ Beam: 28’6” Draught: Loaded: 9’, Light: 5’
Speed: Max: 11 knots Complement: 29 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: December 31, 1863: 1 30-pdr. Dahlgren rifle, 2 32-pdrs. 57 cwt, 1 24-pdr. howitzer

December 31, 1864: 1 30-pdr. Dahlgren rifle, 1 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 32-pdrs. 57 cwt, 1 24-pdr. howitzer

Namesake: Not Listed.

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Captain(s):
Acting Master William G. Nutting
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Acting Ensign J. W. Willard
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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)3

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

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Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864) 4

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): York River, Virginia | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)5

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

York River and Chesapeake Bay | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1 & 16, 1864)6,7

Second Division (Hampton Roads and James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (October 1, 1864)8

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  • Note: On October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as on “York River.”9

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

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

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1, 1864)10

York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 5 & 15, 1864)11,12

  • Captain: Acting Master William G. Nutting (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)13,14,15
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    • 5 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)16
    • 1 x 30-pdr. Dahlgren rifle, 1 x 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 2 x 32-pdrs. 57 cwt, 1 x 24-pdr. howitzer (December 31, 1864)17
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    • On November 12, 1864, this ship was located in the Chickahominy River and was classified as a “schooner.”18
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.19

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, 1865)20,21,22,23

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)24

  • Captain: Acting Master William G. Nutting (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)25,26,27,28
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  • Armament: 5 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)29,30,31,32
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.33,34,35,36

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

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)37

Not Present (away in NC) (April 1, 1865)38

Hampton Roads, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (April 15, 1865)39

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    • Acting Master William G. Nutting (March 18 and April 1, 1865)40,41
    • Acting Ensign J. W. Willard (April 15, 1865)42
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  • Armament: 5 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)43,44,45
  • Notes:
    • On March 18, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Schooner.”46
    • On April 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “schooner” and a “guard ship.”47

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:48

Samuel Rotan, a wooden, center-board schooner purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia on 21 September 1861, was fitted out as a gunboat at the Philadelphia Navy Yard; and commissioned there on 12 November 1861, Acting Master John A. Rogers in command.

Late in January 1864, she was back on blockade duty off the west coast of Chesapeake Bay, and she continued this duty into the autumn. Then she was transferred to the James River to help support General Grant’s operations against Richmond. Early in December 1864, she was back off the York River and served in that area into the spring of 1865. In April [1865], she sailed north for inactivation; and she was decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 10 June 1865. The schooner was sold there on 15 August 1865 to a Mr. Stannard.

 

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. 199
      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 X, pp. 514515
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 199
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, p. 61
      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 XI, pp. 398400
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      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
      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, 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 XII, pp. 7173
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      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. 116118
      48. “Samuel Rotan.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/s/samuel-rotan.html.

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