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USS Huron (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal
Personnel Awards

Congressional Medal of Honor - Seaman James Carey, USN (1847 - ?)
Unadilla Class Screw Steam Gunboat:
  • Laid down as the schooner-rigged screw steamer Huron, by Paul Curtis, Boston
  • Launched, 21 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Huron, 8 January 1862, at Boston Navy Yard, LT. John Downes in command
  • During the Civil War USS Huron joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in February 1862
    Chased a schooner ashore, 12 April 1862, on the Georgia coast
    Captured schooner Glide and cargo, 19 April off Charleston
    Captured schooner Albert, 1 May and British blockade runner Cambria, 26 May 1862
    Engaged batteries in the Stono River 30 May
    Participated in the engagement with Fort McAllister, 29 July 1862
    Captured schooner Aquilla, 4 August 1862
    Together with USS Flag forced Confederate blockade runner Stonewall Jackson aground outside Charleston, 12 April 1863
    Captured two additional vessels during December 1863-January 1864
  • Joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron later in 1864 off Wilmington, N.C.
    Participated on the attacks of Fort Fisher in December 1864 and again in January 1865
    Took part in the Bombardment of Forts Anderson and St. Philip in February 1865
  • Following the war USS Huron was assigned to the South American station
  • Decommissioned, 8 October 1868, at New York
  • Sold, 14 June 1869, at New York, re-documented as the merchantman SS D.H. Bills
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 507 t.
    Length 158' 8"
    Beam 28'
    Depth of Hold 12'
    Draft 10' 6"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 114 officers and enlisted
    Armament
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    one 20-pdr Parrot rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion
    rigged as a two masted schooner
    two 200 imp 30" stroke horizontal back-acting engines
    single screw

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    Huron 92k USS Huron dressed with flags, with the Italian flag at her main peak, probably during her post-Civil War service.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53408.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Huron 83k Sketch by F.C. Rassek of USS Huron. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, February 1939.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53409.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Huron 99k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1901, of USS Huron. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, February 1939.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57814.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Huron 371k Wood-cut engraving "BOMBARDMENT OF FORT ANDERSON", published in "Harper's Weekly" March 1865.
    Bombardment of Fort Fisher by USS Huron, USS Monitor and USS Montauk.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Huron (I)
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