USS Mendota (1863) was a steamer built for the Union Navy during the American Civil War. With her heavy guns, she was planned by the Union Navy for use as a bombardment gunboat, but also as a gunboat stationed off Confederate waterways to prevent their trading with foreign countries.
Mendota, a sidewheel gunboat, was launched 13 January 1863 by F. Z. Tucker, Brooklyn, New York; acquired by the Navy 1 February 1864; and commissioned 2 May 1864, Comdr. E. T. Nichols in command.
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade on the James River[edit | edit source]
From the day of her commissioning in 1864, Mendota was assigned to the James River Division, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The first 10 months she served as a picket ship near Four Mile Creek. Her guns were used to prevent the establishment of Confederate batteries or entrenchments which would threaten river communications or imperil a small Union Army base camp.
Action on 28 July was particularly intense. During her last 2 months of service she directed ship movements at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and also at the mouth of the Delaware River.
Post-war decommissioning and disposal[edit | edit source]
After the war Mendota decommissioned 12 May 1865 and was laid up at League Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until sold 7 December 1867.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Photo gallery at Naval Historical Center
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