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Career (US) Union Navy Jack
Ordered: as Republic
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: 7 December 1864
In service: circa January 1865
Out of service: at war’s end
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, post Civil War
General characteristics
Displacement: 180 tons
Length: 104’ 6”
Beam: 20’ 6”
Draught: 8’ 6”
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: 9 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: one 24-pounder gun

USS Peony (1864) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the final months of the American Civil War.

She served the Union Navy’s struggle against the Confederate States of America as a gunboat, patrolling the ports and waterways of the Confederate States of America.

Purchased in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1864[]

Peony, formerly the wooden steamer Republic, was purchased for the Union Navy by Comdr. C.K. Stribling 7 December 1864 from Bishop & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Participating in the capture of Fort Fisher[]

In January 1865 Peony, Acting Ensign John W. Bennett in command, participated in the capture of Fort Fisher on the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. This fort, located on the narrow tongue of land at the entrance to the Cape Fear River, was a necessary first objective in the plan to close Wilmington, North Carolina, the only remaining seaport from which blockade running could be conducted regularly with reasonable prospects of success.

Assembling of the fleet by Admiral Porter[]

Peony was one of the more than fifty vessels assembled by Admiral David Dixon Porter for this campaign, which culminated with the surrender of the Confederate forces 15 January 1865.

Final operations of the war[]

The remainder of Peony’s wartime service was spent in the North Carolina Sounds carrying out operations as Confederate resistance ceased.

Post-war decommissioning and sale[]

She sailed north in July, decommissioned, and was sold at auction in Boston, Massachusetts, to S. & J.M. Flanagan.

See also[]


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.