From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Sc Tug: t. 81, l. 88'; b. 18'6"; dph. 7'9", a. 2 12-pdr. r. 1 24-padr. How.
Gladiolus, formerly tug Sallie Bishop, was purchased at Philadelphia 2 June 1864 by Commodore C.K. Stribling. She commissioned 15 June 1864, Acting Master J. C. Hamlin in command.
Gladiolus departed Philadelphia 17 June 1864 to join Rear Admiral Dahlgren's South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and was assigned to Charleston station, arriving 25 June. For the next 11 months she was actively engaged in towing and coaling ships of the squadron, and served as a night picket boat protecting the powerful iron clads from torpedo and boarding attack. During this period she was also assisted in the capture of several blockade runners.
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