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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Young Rover Type: Bark (Auxiliary Steamer) Tonnage: 418
Length: 141’ Beam: 28’1” Draught: 11’
Speed: Max: 13 knots, Avg.: 8 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: May 1, 1863: 1 12-pdr. Sawyer rifle, 4 32-pdrs. 42 cwt.
Namesake: Not Listed

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Captain(s):
Acting Master Ira B. Studley
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Captain 2
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864): Hampton Roads, Virginia | 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): 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 a “Guard.”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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  • Note: On August 17, 1864, this ship is noted as at “Hampton Roads, guard.”8

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)9,10,11

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  • Note: On September 1 & 16 and October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as a “guard ship; Hampton Roads.”12,13,14

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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)15

Ordered to proceed to the Delaware breakwater (November 20, 1864)16

Not present at the Siege of Petersburg. (November 21-December 31, 1864)17,18

  • Captain: Acting Master Ira B. Studley (November 1, 1864)19
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865):

Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.20

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

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.21

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:22

Young Rover, a bark with auxiliary steam propulsion, was purchased by the Navy at Boston on 27 July 1861; converted to naval service at the Boston Navy Yard; and commissioned there on 10 September 1861, Acting Master I. B. Studley in command…

After repairs at Baltimore in April and May of 1864 she returned to Hampton Roads where she began duty as guardship as a consequence of her deteriorating sailing and her almost nonexistent steaming abilities. That assignment, conducted at various locations in the southern Chesapeake Bay-Fortress Monroe, Hampton Roads, and at the mouths of the James and York Rivers occupied her until the fall of 1864. On 20 November [1864] she received orders to proceed to the Delaware breakwater, there to protect American shipping entering and leaving the Delaware. She departed Hampton Roads on 1 December and arrived at the mouth of the Delaware several days later. For the remainder of the war, she served on the Delaware River under the cognizance of the Commandant, Philadelphia Navy Yard. Following the collapse of the Confederacy, Young Rover was sold at auction at the Boston Navy Yard on 22 June 1865.

 

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. 245
      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. 370371
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      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. “Young Rover.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/y/young-rover.html.
      17. “Young Rover.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/y/young-rover.html.
      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. 3940
      20. “Young Rover.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/y/young-rover.html.
      21. “Young Rover.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/y/young-rover.html.
      22. “Young Rover.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/y/young-rover.html.

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