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Chickasaw I (Monitor)

(Monitor: t. 970; l. 230'; b. 56'; cpl. 138; a. 4 11" sb.)

An Indian tribe now resident in Oklahoma.

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The first Chickasaw was launched 10 February 1864 by Thomas G. Gaylord, St. Louis, Mo.; brought to Mound City, Ill., 8 May; and commissioned 14 May 1864, Acting Master J. Fitzpatrick in command.

Between 14 May and 30 June 1864 Chickasaw patrolled on the Mississippi River. Sailing to New Orleans, she joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron 9 July. While operating with the Squadron she participated in Admiral Farragut's victory the Battle of Mobile Bay (5 August 1864), during which she was struck by enemy shells 11 times, and the attacks on Forts Gaines (6 August) and Morgan (13 August). The monitor remained in the vicinity of Mobile Bay until 3 July 1865 when she sailed down river for New Orleans.

Upon her arrival at New Orleans 6 July 1865, Chickasaw was decommissioned and laid up. Between 15 June and 10 August 1869 she bore the name Samson and then reverted to Chickasaw. She was sold at New Orleans 12 September 1874.

Published: Tue Jun 30 11:50:08 EDT 2015