USS Pawnee

Parham mentioned in his letter dated October 20, 1861 that USS Pawnee was injured by Confederate batteries along the Potomac.  The following day, New York Times published an article which stated it is now beyond question that the Potomac can be effectually closed to our vessels whenever the rebels choose to exercise their power.  While detailing a list of day-by-day rebel triumph on the Potomac, the journalist reports on Thursday the Pawnee was opened on with shot, shell and rifled projectiles, and received five or six shot, fortunately without much damage.  The article concludes for Yankee readers that the facts (of casualties to maritime and naval assets) are humiliating.

Name: USS Pawnee
Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard
Laid down: 1858
Launched: 8 October 1859
Commissioned: 11 June 1860
Decommissioned: 18 November 1882
Fate: Sold, 3 May 1884
General characteristics
Type: Steam sloop-of-war
Displacement: 1,533 long tons (1,558 t)
Length: 221 ft 6 in (67.51 m)
Beam: 47 ft (14 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine/Sail
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 181 officers and enlisted
Armament: • 8 × 9 in (230 mm) guns • 2 × 12-pounder guns
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