STEREO CARD VIEW OF THE GUNBOAT MENDOTA IN THE JAMES RIVER

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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 “GUNBOAT MENDOTA AT DEEP BOTTOM, JAMES RIVER. No. 2471.” Label also has a canceled 2 cent tax stamp attached.

Image is a full length view of the MENDOTA from the port side.

Image has good clarity and contrast. Paper and mount have minor scattered surface dirt.

The USS MENDOTA, a side-wheel gunboat, was launched 13 January 1863 by F. Z. Tucker, Brooklyn, New York; acquired by the Navy 1 February 1864; and commissioned 2 May 1864, Comdr. Edward T. Nichols in command.

MENDOTA was armed with two 100-pounder guns, four 9-inch smoothbore guns, two 24-pounder guns and two 20-pounder guns. With her heavy guns, she was planned by the Union Navy for use as a bombardment gunboat, but also as a gunboat stationed off Confederate waterways to prevent their trading with foreign countries.

From the day of her commissioning in 1864, Mendota was assigned to the James River Division, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The first ten months she served as a picket ship near Four Mile Creek. Her guns were used to prevent the establishment of Confederate batteries or entrenchments which would threaten river communications or imperil a small Union Army base camp.

Her action with Confederate forces near Four Mile Creek on 28 July 1864 during the first Deep Bottom campaign was particularly intense. During her last two months of service, she directed ship movements at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and also at the mouth of the Delaware River.

After the war, Mendota decommissioned 12 May 1865 and was laid up at League Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until sold 7 December 1867.   [ad]

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