CSS Roanoke

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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: CSS Roanoke Type: Steamer Tonnage: 65
Length: Not Listed. Beam: Not Listed. Draught: Not Listed.
Speed: Not Listed. Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: November 5, 1864: 2 guns
Namesake: Not Listed.

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Captain(s):
Lieutenant Mortimer M. Benton
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Lieutenant William W. Pollock
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Acting Master W. Frank Shippey
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Master’s Mate A. E. Albertson
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Captain 5
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy3

  • Captain: Not Listed.4
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”5

Second Offensive Order of Battle (June 19-30, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy6,7

  • Captain: Lieutenant Mortimer M. Benton (June 21-22, 1864)8
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”9

Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy10

  • Captain:
    • Lieutenant Mortimer M. Benton (July 2, 1864)(detailed to Wilmington, NC on July 2, 1864) 11
    • Master’s Mate A. E. Albertson (July 31, 1864)
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”12

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy13

  • Captain: Not Listed.14 Station: James River, Virginia15
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”16

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy17

  • Captain: Acting Master W. Frank Shippey18 Station: James River, Virginia19
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”20

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle (October 14-31, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy21

  • Captain: Acting Master W. Frank Shippey22 Station: James River, Virginia23
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”24

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy25,26

  • Captain: Master W. Frank Shippey (November & December 1864)27,28
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 2 x “guns” (November 5, 1864)29
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”30,31

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy32,33

  • Captain:
    • Not Listed. (January 1865)34
    • Lieutenant William W. Pollock (February 1865)35
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”36

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865): James River Naval Squadron | Confederate Navy37

  • Captain: Not Listed. (March & April 1865)38
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: This ship is noted as a “gunboat.”39

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:41

The small steamer Roanoke was chartered in June 1861 from the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Co. by Comdr. F. Forrest to keep open Confederate communications on the Nansemond River in Virginia. She carried on similar duties off the North Carolina coast in 1862.

 

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. 265
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 118
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 118
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 118
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 118
    7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 10, p. 186, pp. 186188, pp. 188189, pp. 190191
    8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 10, pp. 190191
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 118
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 127
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 127
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 127
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 136
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 136
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 136
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 136
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 145
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 145
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 145
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 145
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 153
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 153
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 153
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 153
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 161
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 170
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 161
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 170
    29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 265
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 161
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 170
    32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 179
    33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 189
    34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 179
    35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 189
    36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 179
    37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 198
    38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 198
    39. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 198
    40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 10, p. 186, pp. 186188, pp. 188189, pp. 190191
    41. “Roanoke.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/confederate_ships/roanoke.html.

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