USS Kanawha

The USS Kanawha was a Unadilla-class "90 day" gunboat that was launched 21 October 1861 and commissioned 21 January 1862, Lt. John C. Febiger commanding.

She was attached to the West Gulf Squadron, arriving off Pass a l'Outre, Louisiana 13 February 1862. Once on station, Kanawha was assigned to the Mobile Blockade where she distinguished herself by numerous captures of blockade runners as prizes. In the spring of 1864, she was moved to the Texas blockade, where she remained until ordered North on 27 May 1865. Kanawha was decommissioned 5 July 1864 and sold 13 June 1866.

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  • Deaths

      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    Charles BarstowSurgeon's Steward3 December 1863
    William H. ParkerLandsman8 June 186421
    Edmund R. WestcottActing Ensign9 March 186535


    killed in action
    prisoner of war
    died of disease or injury
    died of yellow fever
    ø died due to vessel loss
    died in ordnance accident
    buried on land in marked grave
    buried/lost at sea
    🎖 Medal of Honor recipient
    transcribed letters of sailor/marine posted

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