USS Elk (1863)
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||8 December 1863|
|Commissioned:||6 May 1864|
|Decommissioned:||circa May 1865|
|Fate:||sold, 24 August 1865|
|Length:||156 ft (48 m)|
|Beam:||29 ft (8.8 m)|
|Depth of hold:||3 ft 10 in (1.17 m)|
Acquisition and name change to Elk
Elk, a side wheel steamer, was purchased by Admiral David Dixon Porter 8 December 1863 as Countess. She was renamed Elk 26 January 1864, and commissioned 6 May 1864, Lieutenant Commander J. H. Gillis in command.
Assigned to the West Gulf Blockade
Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Elk operated in the waters off New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, and in the lower Mississippi River. She was constantly on the move and frequently traded fire with Confederate forces, exchanging shots with batteries off Dog River 11 March 1865, and shelling enemy pickets at Cedar Point, Florida, on 18 and 19 March. She also captured two vessels while on patrol and sent them into New Orleans for condemnation.
Fighting fires ashore during an emergency in Mobile, Alabama
After the war, Elk was laid up at New Orleans, and was sold there 24 August 1865.