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|203k||The attack upon the batteries at the entrance of Aquia Creek, Potomac River, by the United States vessels
USS Thomas Freeborn,
USS Anacostia, and
USS Resolute, June 1st, 1861.
On May 31st Captain Ward, in command on board of the Thomas Freeborn, and assisted by two more of his
gunboats, the Resolute and the Anacostia, began the attack on the Confederate batteries, and after a two hours' fight, succeeded in silencing
the batteries at the landing; but, for want of long-range ammunition, could not effectually respond to the heavy fire from the heights, and so had to withdraw. The
following day, however, with additional aid from the Pawnee and Yankee, the attack was resumed, and the batteries were at last silenced and the
Confederates compelled to retreat."— Frank Leslie, 1896.
US Navy photo # NH 73736 of an engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861.
|90k||"Action at Aquia Creek between United States Vessels and Rebel Batteries." An engraving, after a sketch by LT. Cash, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861. It depicts USS Pawnee (at right), what appears to be USS Thomas Freeborn (left center), and another warship engaging the Confederate batteries at Aquia Creek, on the Potomac River, probably on 31 May - 1 June 1861.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 59234
|126k||Some of USS Thomas Freeborn's officers and men demonstrate how her late Commanding Officer, CDR. James H. Ward, was sighting her bow gun when he was mortally wounded, 27 June 1861, during an action with Confederate forces at Mathias Point, VA. The gun is a 32 pounder smoothbore, of 60 hundredweight, on a "Novelty Carriage". This mounting was developed by Commander Ward before the Civil War. Location appears to be the Washington Navy Yard, D.C.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 60990
|1510k||"Engagement between the Gunboat Flotilla, Freeborn and Reliance, under the Command of Captain James H. Ward, and a Secession Force at
Mathias Point, Va., on the Potomac River -- Death of Captain Ward." 27 June 1861.
A line engraving, based on a sketch by an Officer of the Expedition, published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861, depicting USS Thomas Freeborn, Ward's flagship, in the left foreground with USS Reliance to her right.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59242
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|132k||Sketch by A. Waud from a photograph by James F. Gibson, 1861, of "Infernal machines discovered in the Potomac near Aquia Creek by the flotilla for whose destruction they were intended' It depicts a boat approaching a cask-type floating mine, with USS Thomas Freeborn nearby. A detailed view of the mine is in the foreground and USS Pawnee is in the center distance.
Library of Congress Photo #: LC-USZ62-15652
|01||CDR. Ward, James Harmon, USN||7 May 1861 - 27 June 1861 (KIA)|
|02||LCDR. Lowry, Reigart Bolivar||28 June 1861 - 3 August 1861|
|03||LT. Eastman, Thomas Henderson||4 August 1861 - September 1861|
|04||LT. Harrell, Abram Davis||September 1861 - 14 October 1861|
|05||LCDR. Magaw, Samuel||15 October 1861 - 25 September 1864|
|06||Act. Master Arthur, William A.||25 September 1864 - 17 June 1865|
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