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USS Hartford, post-war

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USS Hartford

  • Nation: Union
  • Type: Screw Sloop
  • Displacement: 2,900 tons
  • Crew: 302
  • Wartime Service Dates: 1861-1865
  • Civil War Armament: 20 x 9-inch Dahlgrens, 2 x 30-pdr Parrott Rifles, 2 x 12-pdr guns
  • Notes: One of the most famous ships of the Civil War, USS Hartford served as Admiral David G. Farragut's flagship for the duration of the conflict. In 1862, Hartford led a Union fleet past the forts guarding New Orleans and aided in capturing the city. For the next year, Farragut coordinated with Union forces to assist in capturing the Confederate strongholds of Vicksburg and Port Hudson. In 1864, Farragut shifted his focus to subduing the port of Mobile. On August 5, 1864, Farragut and Hartford participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay, winning a tremendous victory and opening the city to capture by Union forces. Hartford remained in the fleet until 1956, when it was dismantled after sinking at its berth.
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