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USS Adolph Hugel

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 21 September 1861
  • Before active service during the Civil war Adolph Hugel was assigned to
    The Gulf Blockading Squadron
    CDR David D. Porters Mortar Flotilla, 2 December 1861, for the pending campaign against New Orleans and the lower Mississippi
  • Commissioned, USS Adolph Hugel, 11 January 1862, at Chester, PA., Acting Master Hollis B. Jencks in command
  • USS Adolph Hugel returned to the Mortar Flotilla 18 March 1862
    Fired on Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip between 18 and 24 April preparing the way for Flag Officer Farragut's fleet to move up the Mississippi River
    Participated in neutralizing Southern batteries at Vicksburg, 28 April, allowing Farragut's ships to pass upstream beyond Vicksburg
    Overhauled at Baltimore in August 1862
    Reassigned to the Potomac Flotilla in the autumn of 1862
    USS Adolph Hugel primary duty was stopping illicit trade between Maryland and Virginia while acting as guard ship at Alexandria
    Adolph Hugel took three prizes while assigned to the Potomac Flotilla, sloop Music, schooner F.U. Johnson and sloop James Landry
  • Decommissioned at Washington Navy Yard, 17 June 1865
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold at public auction, 20 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 269 t.
    Length 114'
    Beam 29'
    Depth of Hold 10'
    Draft 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 31
    one 13" mortar
    two 32-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion sail
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    Westfield 103k "Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the forts below New Orleans.
    Vessels shown are (from left to right):
    USS Westfield,
    USS Adolph Hugel,
    USS Para,
    USS William Bacon,
    USS Oliver H. Lee,
    USS C.P. Williams,
    USS Henry Janes,
    USS George Mangham,
    USS Racer,
    USS Horace Beals,
    USS Sarah Bruen,
    USS Samuel Rotan,
    USS John Griffith,
    USS Rachel Seaman,
    USS Maria J. Carlton,
    USS Sidney C. Jones,
    USS T.A. Ward,
    USS Sea Foam,
    USS Maria A. Wood,
    USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
    USS Matthew Vassar.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
    Robert Hurst

    USS Adolph Hugel
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Jencks, Hollis B.11 January 1862 - 22 December 1862
    02Act. Master Van Boskirk, James22 December 1862 - 1 April 1863
    04Act. Master Frank, A. J. 19 September 1863 - 1 December 1863
    05Act. Master Nickerson, Sylvanus1 December 1863 - 1 February 1895
    06Act. Master Taylor, James15 February 1895 - 17 June 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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