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USS Howquah

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • 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"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 12'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    one 12-pdr rifle
    one 12-pdr
    Propulsion steam
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    351k "Capture of Blockade Runner Annie October 31, 1864.-Sketch by Charles F. Ellmore."
    From left to right: USS Howquah; USS Alabama launch; USS Wilderness; USS Nipon; blockade runner Annie; USS Kansas; USS Alabama.
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    John Spivey

    USS Howquah
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