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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built during 1863 as SS Polar Star in Brooklyn N.Y.
Purchased by the Federal Navy, 9 December 1863, at New York
Commissioned, USS Cactus, Acting Master N. Graham in command
During the Civil War USS Cactus was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Served as a supply ship and tender in Hampton Roads until 28 May 1864
While assigned to guard Army Communications on York River, engaged Confederate batteries along the Pamunkey River
Returned to Hampton Roads, 23 June1864 to April 1865
Reassigned to the Potomac Flotilla April 1865
Decommissioned, 8 June 1865, at Washington Navy Yard
Transferred to the Light House Board, 20 June 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 176 t.
Beam 22' 6"
Speed 15 kts
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||USS Cactus, underway, date and location unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 15 June 2012
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