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USS Young America
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1855 at New York City
Confederate tug captured by Union sloop-of-war USS Cumberland, in Hampton Roads
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in late July 1861, at Hampton Roads for patrol and reconnaissance assignments
Commissioned USS Young America, 26 February 1862
Young America performed invaluable service to the squadron during engagements with CSS Virginia (the former Federal screw frigate Merrimack), 8 and 9 March 1862
Towed USS Roanoke, 8 March 1862, to an anchorage off Sewell's Point, Va., enabling the frigate to bombard Confederate batteries ashore
Refloated the grounded Union frigate, USS St. Lawrence, 9 March 1862, jockeying the vessel into firing position against CSS Virginia
Rescued crew of Union gunboat USS Whitehall when fire destroyed that vessel, 10 March 1862
Rescued personnel on board Henry Adams, grounded at Nag's Head, N.C., 26 August 1862
Purchased by the Navy from the Boston prize court, 7 January 1864
USS Young America remained with the James River Squadron, Fourth Division, until the end of the war
Decommissioned, 9 June 1865, at Norfolk Navy Yard
Sold at public auction at New York City, 12 July 1865 to Camden & Amboy Railroad Co.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 173 t.
Draft 10' 6"
Speed 9.5 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
one 12-pdr rifle
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USS Young America
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 7 July 2012
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