The USS Cimarron was 205-feet long, 35-foot beam and armed with one 100-pdr rifle and six 24-pdr. howitzers. Its first commander was Commander Maxwell Woodhull.
It operated in the James River immediately after commissioning from 11 July to 4 September 1862 and saw action supporting Army operations. It engaged Confederates at Harrison's Landing 28 July, Fort Powhatan 31 July and Swan Point Battery 4 August. This is in disagreement with what I wrote about from the Civil War Naval Chronology back on August 1.
Then the Cimarron was transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and operated in the coastal and inland waters of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida for the rest of the war.
It engaged Confederate batteries on the St. Johns River, Florida 17 September 1862 and in October was at the Battle of St. Johns Bluff.
During the course of its service, it captured three blockade runners and fired on Confederate troops ashore.
It was part of the attack on Fort Wagner on August 17, 20 and 21, 1863.
During January-February 1864 she operated in the Stono River in South Carolina.