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USS G. W. Blunt

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Laid down, as the wooden two-masted schooner Blunt, date and location unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy at New York, 23 November 1861, renamed G. W. Blunt
  • Commissioned USS G. W. Blunt, 4 December 1861, Acting Master Henry Sherwood in command
  • During the Civil War USS G. W. Blunt was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron as a mail and dispatch boat and as part of the Blockading Squadron off Charleston, S.C.
    Captured schooner Wave, 19 April 1862
    While off Charleston USS G. W. Blunt assisted in the capturing several blockade runners
  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1863, at Philadelphia, PA., for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 2 June 1863, rejoining the Blockading Squadron off Charleston
  • Fitted with diving equipment for Salvage Duty in August 1864
  • G. W. Blunt worked on numerous wrecks at Charleston and cleared obstructions while at Savannah in March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 16 August 1865, at Port Royal
  • Sold at Port Royal, 20 October 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 121 t.
    Length 76' 6"
    Beam 20' 6"
    Depth 8' 9"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement unknown
    one 12-pdr
    one 12-pdr rifle

    Propulsion sail

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    South Carolina (III) 85k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", January-June 1863, page 76, of the US Navy Blockading Fleet off North Channel, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. US Navy ships depicted are (from left to right): USS South Carolina, USS G.W. Blunt, USS Daylight and USS Stars and Stripes.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59135
    Bill Gonyo

    USS G. W. Blunt
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master, Sherwood, Henry4 December 1861 - 19 April 1862
    02Act. Master, Beers, James R.19 April 1862 - 15 November 1862
    03Act. Ensign Reed, Bradford D.27 January 1863 - 25 August 1864
    04Act. Vol. Lt. Churchill, William L.25 August 1864 - 15 January 1865
    05Act. Ensign Curtis, Gardner G.15 January 1865 - 15 June 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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