USS Philippi (1863)
|Captured:||by U.S Navy forces 10 November 1863|
|Namesake:||Philippi, an ancient city in Macedonia|
|Acquired:||23 February 1864|
|Commissioned:||early April 1864|
|Fate:||Sunk 5 August 1864|
|Tonnage:||311 gross tons|
|Length:||140 ft (43 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||9 ft 10 in (3.00 m)|
|Propulsion:||Steam engine with sidewheel|
|Armament:||two 12-pounder rifles|
USS Philippi (1863) was a blockade runner captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She served the Union Navy’s struggle against the Confederate States of America as a picket, patrol and dispatch vessel.
Blockade runner Ella captured by USS Howquah
Union steamer USS Howquah discovered new and fast sidewheeler Ella 10 November 1863 steaming along the coast north of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. She immediately gave chase and fired a shot at the blockade runner which glanced off Ella’s gallows frame and caused her to surrender.
Damaged and sank while assigned to the West Gulf blockade
Philippi was ordered to New Orleans, Louisiana, on the 11th for duty in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Philippi served the squadron as a picket, patrol, and dispatch vessel until set afire by Confederate artillery and destroyed while following Admiral David Farragut’s fleet into Mobile Bay 5 August 1864.
- Blockade runners of the American Civil War
- Blockade mail of the Confederacy
- United States Navy
- List of United States Navy ships