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USS Harvest Moon

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1863 at Portland, ME.
  • Purchased, 16 November 1863, from Charles Spear at Boston, MA.
  • Fitted out for blockade duty at Boston Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Harvest Moon, 12 February 1864, Acting LT. J. D. Warren in command
  • USS Harvest Moon was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron as ADM Dahlgren's flagship;
    Harvest Moon began regular blockading duties, 7 June 1864, off Charleston
    Struck a torpedo in Winyah Bay, S. C., 29 February 1865, sinking in 2 ½ fathoms of water
  • Stripped of valuable machinery, the ship was abandoned, 21 April 1865
    Displacement 546 t.
    Length 193'
    Beam 29'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 8'
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement unknown
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Harvest Moon 52k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1953, of SS Harvest Moon for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66973
    Bill Gonyo
    Harvest Moon 96k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1903, depicting USS Harvest Moon underway during the Civil War. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57823.
    Bill Gonyo
    Wachusett 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst
    Harvest Moon 112k SCUBA Divers use rods to probe the area of the USS Harvest Moon shipwreck, circa 1963. Note the remains of her smokestack nearby. Courtesy of Walter McDonald.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53685
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Harvest Moon
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Harvest Moon Court of Inquiry Report
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