Ships

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U.S.S. Pocahontas

The Pocahontas was a screw steamer, displacing 694 tons. It carried a crew of ninety-five, and was equipped for six guns.


Bibliography: ORN, p. xv.

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U.S.S. Pawnee

The Pawnee, a screw sloop displacing 1,289 tons and carrying a crew of ninety-four, was the heaviest navy vessel in the Potomac River at the outset of the Civil War. It carried fifteen guns.


Bibliography: ORN, p. xv; Miller, ed., Photographic History, 6: 92-94.

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U.S.S. Harriet Lane

The Harriet Lane was a side-wheel steamer of 600 tons, armed with three 9-inch Dahlgrens, one 30-pounder Parrott Rifle, and one 12-pounder James Rifle. An armed revenue cutter, the Harriet Lane was named after President James Buchanan's niece.


Bibliography: Bearss, "Civil War Operations . . . Part III," p. 351; Meredith, Storm over Sumter, p. 81.

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U.S.S. Powhatan

The Powhatan was a side-wheel steamer of 2,415 tons. It had been built at the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1853 at a cost of $785,000. With a maximum speed of 11 knots an hour, it cruised at an average of 8 knots. It carried an array of guns, including four heavy 12-pounders.


Bibliography: Bearss, "Civil War Operations . . . Part II," p. 236.