|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1862|
George W. Kerr, Carpenter's mate, Chronic diarrhoea, October 12, 1862, USS Potomska.
USS Potomska was a wooden screw steamer rigged as a three masted schooner purchased at New York from H. Haldrege on 25 September 1861. She was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 20 December 1861.
Assigned blockading duties, 1861–1862
Upon commissioning she was ordered to Port Royal, South Carolina, for duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Potomska assisted in covering the landing of U.S. troops at the mouth of the Savannah River, Georgia, 28 January 1862. She was in the squadron commanded by Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont that took possession of Fernandina, Florida on 4 March 1862. On 9 March, with Mohican and Pocahontas, she took possession of St. Simons Island and Jekyl Island and landed at Brunswick, Georgia. All locations were found to be abandoned in keeping with the general Confederate withdrawal from the seacoast and coastal islands.
On 11 April Potomska was involved in an expedition to St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia. On 27 April she ascended the Riceboro River, Georgia, inducing the Confederates to fire a British brig, then exchanged fire with dismounted Confederate cavalry concealed in the woods of Woodville Island, effectively silencing them. She was involved in an expedition to Darien, Georgia on 9 May, and made a reconnaissance in Great Ogeechee River, Georgia, 1 July, exchanging fire with a Confederate battery there. Potomska was briefly decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August for repairs.
Second commission, 1862–1864
In September 1862 Potomska steamed back to Port Royal for duty in St. Simons Sound. In late October she proceeded to blockade Sapelo Sound. On 7 November Polontska escorted Army transport Darlington up the Sapelo River, Georgia, shelling the shore to cover a landing at Spaulding's[disambiguation needed ].
On 23 February 1863 Potomska captured blockade-running British schooner Belle in Sapelo Sound with a cargo of coffee and salt. A week later she returned to St. Simons Sound. On 1 June she was ordered to move her blockade to Fernandina where she remained until September. She then returned to Port Royal for repairs which lasted into December when she was laid up prior to going north for further repairs. Potomska decommissioned for repairs at Baltimore, Maryland in March 1864.
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