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USS James S. Chambers

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • A three-masted schooner purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia 4 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS James S. Chambers at Philadelphia Navy Yard 16 December 1861, LT. Dennis Condry in command
  • USS Jams S. Chambers joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Ship Island, MS., 23 January 1862
  • Captured blockade-running schooner Corelia, 23 August 1862
  • Took the Spanish sloop Relampago, 4 March 1863, with a cargo of coffee, liquors, and soldiers shoes and ran the schooner Ida aground removing several boatloads of her cargo before setting her afire
  • Captured the schooner Rebekah, 18 June 1863.
  • At West Pass, St. George's Sound, FL., 12 May 1864, boats from James S. Chambers and USS Somerset drove off a body of Confederate sailors embarking on a boat expedition ordered to capture the Union's side-wheel steamer USS Adela
  • Forced north in August 1864 by yellow fever taking the lives of 13 bluejackets and 3 officers.
  • USS James S. Chambers returned to action with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1 January 1865, stationed at Bull's Bay, S.C.
  • James S. Chambers's final service was as a quarantine vessel at Port Royal, S.C.
  • Decommissioned, 31 August 1865
  • Sold at public auction, 27 September 1865, at New York City to Mr. Rhinehart
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 401 t.
    Length 124' 6"
    Beam 29' 3"
    Depth 12' 2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 62
    four 32-pdr guns
    Propulsion sail

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    USS James S. Chambers
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. LT. Condry, Dennis16 December 1861 - 20 August 1862
    02Act. Master Mosman, Frank D.20 August 1862 - 2 October 1862
    03Act. Master Nickerson, Luther2 October 1862 - 23 November 1864
    04Act. Master Watson, William23 November 1864 - 31 August 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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