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USS Black Hawk (1848)
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USS Black Hawk
Career (US) Union Navy Jack
Ordered: as New Uncle Sam
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1848
Acquired: 24 November 1862
Commissioned: 6 December 1862
Out of service: 22 April 1865
Struck: 1867 (est.)
Fate: sold, April 1867
General characteristics
Displacement: 902 tons
Length: 260 ft (79 m)
Beam: 45 ft 6 in (13.87 m)
Draught: depth of hold 8'
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: four 32-pounder smoothbores
two 30-pounder rifled guns
one 12-pounder rifled gun
one 12-pounder smoothbore
Armour: tinclad

USS Black Hawk (1848) was a large steamer purchased by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

She was assigned by the Union Navy to gunship duty in the waterways of the rebellious Confederate States of America.

Built as New Uncle Sam at New Albany, Indiana, in 1848

Black Hawk, a side-wheel river steamer, was built in 1848 as Uncle Sam at New Albany, Indiana; purchased by the Navy at Cairo, Illinois, 24 November 1862 as New Uncle Sam; commissioned 6 December 1862, Lieutenant Commander K. R. Breese in command; and renamed Black Hawk 13 December 1862.

Civil War service

During most of her service Black Hawk served as flagship for Rear Admirals David Dixon Porter and Samuel Phillips Lee, successive commanders of the Mississippi Squadron.

She participated in the following operations:

  • Vicksburg, Mississippi (December 1862)

Subsequent patrols and sinking

USS Black Hawk on fire off Cairo.

Thereafter she patrolled in the Mississippi River and its tributaries. On 22 April 1865 she accidentally burned and sank, three miles above Cairo, Illinois. Her wreck was raised and sold at St. Louis, Missouri, in April 1867.


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