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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased in Boston from G. W. Upton 17 June 1863
Commissioned USS Howquah in June 1863, Acting Volunteer LT. E. F. Devens in command
Howquah departed Boston, 25 June 1863, to search for Confederate raider Tacony off Newfoundland banks
Returning to Boston in July Howquah was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, off Wilmington, N.C.
Assisted in the capture of blockade runner Margaret and Jessie, 5 November 1863
Took SS Ella, 10 November 1863
Ran an unidentified blockade runner onto the beach to be wreck by heavy surf, 11 December 1864
Attacked salt works at Bear Inlet and Masonboro Sound, in December and April 1864, respectively
Assisted in preventing the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Raleigh from escaping from the harbor at Wilmington, 7 May 1864
Howquah, while chasing and firing on blockade runner Lynx, 25 September 1864, was caught in a cross fire from Fort Fisher and from "friendly guns" on two other Union ships, one of her bluejackets was killed and four others were wounded
Participated in the both attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and again in January 1865
Transferred to Key West for duty in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, at Saint George's Sound, FL.
Decommissioned, 22 June 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
Sold at public auction 10 August 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 460 t.
Length 120' 7"
Beam 22' 10"
Speed 10 kts
two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
one 12-pdr rifle
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