STEREO CARD VIEW OF THE USS CATSKILL IN CHARLESTON HARBOR

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Stereo card has a yellow mount and is titled on the edges “PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY” and “THE WAR FOR THE UNION.”

Reverse has a blue label with a printed caption that reads “WAR VIEWS’ and “AFTER DECK AND TURRET OF MONITOR KAATSKIL. TAKEN AT CHARLESTON HARBOR, S.C.” Label also has a worn canceled 2 cent tax stamp attached.

Image is a view of the CATSKIL’S gun turret looking forward from the stern. The gun ports on the turret are visible. Also visible are several officers posing under the canopy covering the top of the turret. Two officers are seated at center of the deck while four officers pose by the 12lb Dahlgren deck guns on either side of the turret. Two life boats in their davits are also visible on the port and starboard sides.

Image has good clarity and contrast. Image has minor scattered surface dirt.

The USS Catskill was a single-turreted Passaic-class monitor which was launched on December 16, 1862 by Continental Iron Works, Greenpoint, New York; outfitted at New York Navy Yard; commissioned on February 24, 1863, Commander George Washington Rodgers in command; and reported to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The ship was armed with a 15 inch smoothbore gun and an 11 inch Dahlgren gun. She also had two 12-pounder Dahlgren deck howitzers for picket duty only.

CATSKILL reported for duty at Port Royal, South Carolina on March 5, 1863, and for the remainder of the war operated off Charleston, South Carolina. 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.

From July–September 1863, CATSKILL repeatedly took part in attacks on the batteries and forts protecting Charleston from the sea. Commander 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 August 9, 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.

Relieved from duty, CATSKILL cleared Charleston on July 13, 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 (June 15 – August 10, 1869). Repaired at New York during 1874 and 1875, CATSKILL joined the North Atlantic Squadron, with whom she cruised along the northeast coast from March 4, 1876 – November 5, 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.

Upon the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, Catskill was recommissioned for patrol duty in New England waters. This lasted from April 16 – September 22, 1898, after which CATSKILL returned to League Island until sold on 4 December 1901. [ad]

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