USS Dandelion , a 111-ton screw steam tug, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1862 under the name Antietam . The Navy purchased her in November 1862 and placed her in commission in December of that year. Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron soon after, Dandelion operated in the waters of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida during the rest of the Civil War. She was present during the 3 March 1863 bombardment of Fort McAllister, Georgia. A month later, she rescued crewmen from the sinking ironclad Keokuk . In July and August 1863, Dandelion took part in operations against Morris Island, South Carolina. In February 1864, the tug participated in an assault on Jacksonville, Florida. She was sent north and decommissioned in July 1865. USS Dandelion was sold the following month and returned to commercial employment.
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly" depicting the bombardment of Fort McAllister by the U.S. Navy monitors Passaic , Patapsco and Nahant . The engraving is based on a sketch by "an eye-witness" on board USS Montauk, which is in the right center foreground. In the left foreground, firing on the fort, are the mortar schooners C.P. Williams , Norfolk Packet and Para . Among other U.S. Navy ships involved were gunboats Wissahickon , Seneca and Dawn and tug Dandelion (foreground)
Only known photo of the Tug Dandelion
Confederate Submarines and Torpedo Vessels 1861-65
Interesting information and many excellent illustrations. It addresses the CSA David class torpedo boats and the Hunley (and its predecessors), as well as Union examples such as the Alligator and the Spuyten Duyvil
History Channel Civil War
There are about a half-dozen different small arms types, but the Henry is the best for rapid repeating fire and least reloading. The shotgun they give you is useless: you must aim spot-on to affect an enemy, so why not just use the rifle? Grenades are useful at times.
American Civil War Marines 1861-65
Marines wearing blue and grey fought in many dramatic actions afloat and ashore – ship-to-ship engagements, cutting-out expeditions, and coastal landings. This book offers a comprehensive summary of all such battles, illustrated with rare early photographs
Union River Ironclad 1861-65
At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River. In what would prove the vital naval campaign of the war, both sides fought for control of the river. While the Confederates relied on field fortifications and small gunboats, the Union built a series of revolutionary river ironclads
The Story of the H.L. Hunley
During the Civil War, Union forces blockade the port of Charleston so the Confederate army seeks a way to attrack the Yankee Ships. George Dixon is part of the group of men given the task of creating and building the "fish boat," a submarine. The H.L. Hunley ultimately sets out on its mission to sink Yankee ships, but fails to return, its whereabouts unknown.
Halls of Honor
The U.S. Navy Museum takes you on an informed and entertaining romp through one of North America s oldest and finest military museums. The museum has been in continuous operation at the Washington Navy Yard since the American Civil War
Raise The Alabama
She was known as "the ghost ship." During the Civil War, the CSS Alabama sailed over 75,000 miles and captured more than 60 Union vessels. But her career came to an end in June of 1864 when she was sunk by the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Northern France
The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns
Here is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one