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USS Maria A. Wood

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Gunboat:
  • Purchased by the Navy, 21 September 1861, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Commissioned USS Maria A. Wood, 19 November 1861, at Philadelphia, Master Anthony Chase in command
  • USS Maria A. Wood joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 17 December 1861, at Fort Pickens, Pensacola, FL.
  • Assigned to patrol duties in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Participated in the Union occupation of Pensacola, 10 May 1862
  • During 1864 and 1865 Maria A. Wood operated off New Orleans, Pensacola and Mobile Bay
  • Decommissioned, 22 August 1866, at New York
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold, 6 September 1866
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 344 t.
    Length 125'
    Beam 28' 6"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 9' 1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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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 Maria A. Wood
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Chase, Anthony19 November 1861 - 21 November 1862 (KIA)
    02Act. Master Cruse, Samuel C.22 November 1862 - 25 November 1864
    03Act. Master Ross, John1 January 1865 - 1 February 1865
    04Act. Master Starrett, Adrian C. (seated at left)1 March 1865 - 10 July 1865
    05Act. Ensign Moore, James D.10 October 1865 - 22 August 1966
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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