USS Catskill (1862) A Virtual Cemetery created by: Rubbings
Description: USS Catskill (1862) was a monitor that served the United States Navy during the American Civil War in the Union blockade of the Confederate States of America. She continued to serve the Navy after the war's end until decommissioned in 1898 after the completion of the Spanish-American War.Built in Greenpoint, New York, in 1862USS Catskill — a single-turreted Passaic-class monitor — was launched on 16 December 1862 by Continental Iron Works, Greenpoint, N.Y.; outfitted at New York Navy Yard; commissioned on 24 February 1863, Commander George Washington Rodgers in command; and reported to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Civil War OperationsThe officers of USS Catskill posing on deck and atop the turret while the ship was in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, circa 1865. Note the Dahlgren 12-pounder deck howitzers. Assigned to the South Atlantic blockadeCatskill reported for duty at Port Royal, S.C. on 5 March 1863, and for the remainder of the war operated intensively on the blockade off Charleston, S.C.. Catskill was damaged by Confederate gunfire during the 7 April attack on Fort Sumter that demonstrated both the strengths of well-defended fortifications and the limitations of monitor-type ironclads. That began the lengthy series of operations against the strongly fortified and stoutly defended harbor.From July–September 1863, Catskill repeatedly took part in attacks on the batteries and forts protecting Charleston from the sea. She also cruised on picket duty, guarding other ships of the squadron from the determined and ingenious attacks launched against them, and patrolling constantly against blockade runners. Commanding officer killed in actionCatskill's commanding officer, Cdr. Rodgers, was killed in action on 17 August, while directing the fire of his ship against Charleston's forts. The ship was hit by Confederate gunfire on several occasions, but skillful work by her crew — now under the command of Lieutenant Commander Edward Barrett — returned her to action without returning for repairs.Catskill destroyed the grounded blockade runner Prince Albert off Fort Moultrie on 9 August 1864. When Charleston was evacuated on 18 February 1865, she boarded and took possession of the grounded blockade runner, Deer, and later in that day raised the flag over another grounded steamer, Celt. Post-Civil War serviceRelieved from duty, Catskill cleared Charleston on 13 July, and sailed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where she was decommissioned on 26 July. Here she remained in ordinary until 1873. During that time, she was briefly renamed Goliath (15 June–10 August 1869). Repaired at New York during 1874 and 1875, Catskill joined the North Atlantic Squadron, with whom she cruised along the northeast coast from 4 March 1876-5 November 1877. From 1878 to 1895, Catskill was in ordinary at various anchorages in Virginia, and from 1895 to 1898 in ordinary at Philadelphia's League Island Navy Yard. Spanish-American War serviceUpon the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Catskill was one of the craft recommissioned for patrol duty in New England waters, thus releasing more modern ships for active fighting. This period of commission lasted from 16 April-22 September 1898, after which Catskill returned to League Island until sold on 4 December 1901.