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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Shokokon Type: Double-Ender Sidewheel Steamer Tonnage: 709
Length: 181’ Beam: 32’ Draught: Loaded: 8’6”, Light: 7’
Speed: Max: 10 knots, Avg.: 6 knots Complement: 112 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30, 1864: 2 30-pdr. Parrott rifles, 3 24-pdrs.

March 29, 1865: 2 9” Broadside, 2 30-pdr. Parrott rifles, 4 24-pdrs.

Namesake: Not Listed.

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Captain(s):
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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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  • Armament: 2 x 30-pdr. Parrott rifles, 3 x 24-pdrs. (June 30, 1864)4

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 “ordered to Beaufort.”6

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

  • Not Present (away in NC)7

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

  • Not Present (away in NC)8,9,10
  • Armament: 2 x 30-pdr. Parrott rifles, 3 x 24-pdrs. (September 30, 1864)11

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

  • Not Present (source needed)

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

  • Not Present (away in NC)12,13,14

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

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

  • Not Present (away in NC)20,21,22
  • Armament: 2 x 9” Broadside, 2 x 30-pdr. Parrott rifles, 4 x 24-pdrs. (March 29, 1865)23

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:24

Shokokon, a wooden-hulled ferry built as Clifton in 1862 at Greenpoint, N.Y., was purchased by the Navy at New York City on 3 April 1863; altered for naval service there by J. Simonson; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 18 May 1863, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Samuel Huse in command.

The double-ender was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and arrived at Newport News, Va., on the morning of 24 May 1863…

Late in August 1863, the ship was damaged in a hurricane and sent north for repairs which lasted through the end of the year. She returned to Newport News on the morning of 16 January 1864 and, for the remainder of the war, was active in supporting Union ground forces in the rivers of Virginia and North Carolina. On 9 March [1864], she joined Morse and General Putnam in escorting an Army expedition up the York and Mattapony rivers; covered the debarkation of troops at Sheppard’s Landing; and returned to Yorktown three days later.

On 5 May [1864], she was one of the warships which swept the river to clear away Confederate torpedoes and then supported the crossing of the landings at Bermuda Hundred and City Point which established a Union bridgehead on the southern shore of the James. During the ensuing months, she continued to shuttle between the York and James rivers to assist ground operations in General Grant’s ever tightening stranglehold on Richmond.

In the autumn [of 1864], Shokokon returned to North Carolina waters and spent the remainder of the war supporting Army efforts in that theatre.

When peace finally was restored, the double-ender returned north and was decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard. She was sold at public auction at New York City on 25 October 1865 and redocumented as Lone Star on 15 December 1865. She served for more than two decades before being abandoned in 1886.

 

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. 208
      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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 208
      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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 208
      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. 398400
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 208
      24. “Shokokon.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/s/shokokon.html.

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