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USS Montgomery (III)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
A wooden screw steamer, built at New York in 1858
Chartered by the Navy in May 1861
Purchased at New York, 28 August 1861
Commissioned USS Montgomery, 27 May 1861 at New York, CDR. O. S. Glisson in command
Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in June 1861
Captured Finland, 29 August 1861, off Apalachicola, FL.
Joined the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, 20 January 1862, at Ship Island
Took schooner Isabel, 1 February off Atchafalaya Bay
Joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 5 April 1862
Hunted for and found abandoned schooner Columbia in April burning her
Captured a large un-named sloop
Cruised the Mexican and Texas coasts helping free American citizens held in Mexico
Captured British schooner Will-o’-the-Wisp off the Rio Grande, 3 June 1862
Further prizes were
Blanche, chased ashore at Havana 7 October, 1862
British steamer Caroline, taken off Mobile, 28 October 1862
Sloop William E. Chester, taken 20 November 1862
Joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, searching for Confederate cruisers CSS Tacony and CSS Florida in June and July 1863
Joined the Wilmington Blockade in August for the remainder of the year
Captured Pet, 11 February 1864
Destroyed blockade runner SS Dove, 7 June 1864
Captured Bendigo, aground on Wilmington Bar 13 June 1864
Seized Bat off Western Bar, 11 October 1864
Participated in the attacks on and capture of Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865.
From February to June patrolled off Cape Fear River
Decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 20 June 1865
Sold at public auction, 10 August 1865, redocumented SS Montgomery, 1 April 1866
Engaged in merchant service into 1877
Final Disposition, sunk in a collision off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on 7 January 1877.
Displacement 787 t.
Length 201' 6"
Beam 28' 7"
Draft 15' 6"
Speed 8 kts
one 8" gun
four 32-pdr rifles
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||Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1950 of SS Montgomery, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamer served as USS Montgomery in 1861-65. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63883
||Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, pages 456-457, depicting a large number of Navy ships off the New York Navy Yard, early in the Civil War.
Vessels shown include (from left to right):
USS North Carolina;
USS R.R. Cuyler;
USS Mount Vernon;
A rowing launch is underway in the foreground.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59308
USS Montgomery (III)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 5 October 2012
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