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USS Pursuit (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Purchased by the Navy at New York, 3 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Pursuit, 17 December 1861, Acting Volunteer Lt. David Cate in command
  • During the Civil War USS Pursuit was assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, off the Florida coast
    Captured schooner Anna Belle, off Appalachicola 6 March 1862
    Captured sloop La Fayette, 4 April 1962 in St. Joseph's Bay near Pensacola
    Captured steamer SS Florida (USS Hendrick Hudson), 6 April 1862 near St. Joseph’s Bay
    Ran down schooner Andromeda off the Cuban coast 28 May 1863
    Captured sloop Kate 23 June 1863, at the mouth of the Indian River
    Destroyed two salt works on St. Joseph’s Bay in December 1863
    Captured cotton boat Peep O’Day in the Indian River, 4 December 1864
    Captured British schooner Mary, 16 March 1865 in the Indian River
  • Decommissioned at New York, 5 June 1865
  • Sold, 12 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 600 t.
    Length 144'
    Beam 34' 10"
    Depth 15' 1"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 100
    six 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Pursuit 130k A period watercolor painting by T. Flagler of USS Pursuit at anchor as the Federal troopship Empire City steams by, circa 1862-63, location unknown. Image courtesy of Heritage Auction Gallery Robert Hurst

    USS Pursuit (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Vol. LT. Cate, David17 December 1861 - 1 February 1863
    02Act. Vol. LT. Randall, William P.1 February 1863 - 15 August 1864
    03Act. Vol. LT. Browne, William R.15 August 1864 - 18 March 1865
    04Act. Master Boskirk, James Van18 March 1865 - 5 June 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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