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USS Oliver H. Lee

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built as the schooner Oliver H. Lee, date and location unknown
  • Purchased by the Federal Navy, 27 August 1861, at New York from Charles Clark
  • Commissioned USS Oliver H. Lee, 4 February 1862, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Washington Godfrey in command
  • During the Civil War USS Oliver H. Lee was assigned to CDR. David Dixon Porters Mortar Flotilla on the Mississippi River
    Participated in the attacks on Forts St. Philip and Jackson, 18 to 24 April 1862
    Subsequently supported operations on the Mississippi River including the siege of Vicksburg
    Decommissioned for repairs, 14 June 1862, at New York
    Recommissioned, 23 August 1862, at New York
    Assigned to serve in Florida waters, capturing schooner Sort
    Participated in operations near St. Marks, FL., February and March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 19 July 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sold at public auction, 10 August 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 199 t.
    Length 100' 9"
    Beam 28' 4"
    Depth-of-hold 8'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 37
    two 32-pdrs
    one 13" mortar
    two heavy 12-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion sail

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    Westfield 103k "Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the forts below New Orleans.
    Vessels shown are (from left to right):
    USS Westfield,
    USS Adolph Hugel,
    USS Para,
    USS William Bacon,
    USS Oliver H. Lee,
    USS C.P. Williams,
    USS Henry Janes,
    USS George Mangham,
    USS Racer,
    USS Horace Beals,
    USS Sarah Bruen,
    USS Samuel Rotan,
    USS John Griffith,
    USS Rachel Seaman,
    USS Maria J. Carlton,
    USS Sidney C. Jones,
    USS T.A. Ward,
    USS Sea Foam,
    USS Maria A. Wood,
    USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
    USS Matthew Vassar.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
    Robert Hurst

    USS Oliver H. Lee
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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