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Civil War Medal

Steam Sloop:
  • Formerly the bark-rigged pirate ship Marques de la Habana
  • captured by USS Saratoga in March 1860
  • Purchased by the Confederate States at New Orleans, 17 March 1861, and fitted out as CSS McRae, LT. T. B. Huger, CSN, in command, assigned to the defense of the lower Mississippi River
  • During the Civil War CSS McRae gave protection to blockade runners slipping in and out of the Mississippi and Mobile Bay
  • Gave a good account of herself in a spirited engagement with ships of the Federal blockading fleet at the Head of the Mississippi River Passes, 12 October 1861
  • McRae's last fight was a gallant defense of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862, the conduct of her officers and crew was reported "rarely surpassed in the annals of naval warfare
  • Although severely damaged, McRae was able to come up river to New Orleans under a flag-of-truce on the evening of 27 April 1862, landing Confederate wounded
  • Final Disposition, at New Orleans she was left to her fate and was found the following morning by Union forces sunk alongside the city wharf
    Displacement 830 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 9" gun
    six 32-pdrs
    one 6-pdr
    Propulsion sail and steam

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    McRae 17k

    Dandridge McRae (October 10, 1829 April 23, 1899) was an American lawyer, court official, and Inspector General of Arkansas State Troops, as well as a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He served in several key battles that helped secure Arkansas for the Confederacy, prolonging the war in the Western Theater
    Tommy Trampp
    McRae 80k CSS McRae at New Orleans, 1861. Former Mexican naval vessel, Marquis de la Habana seized as a pirate in 1860. Refitted as a 830 ton steam sloop for commerce raiding, armed with one 9 inch pivot gun and six 32 pounders, by Naval Secretary Stephen Mallory. Photograph published in Francis T. Miller's "The Photographic History of the Civil War", 1911. Courtesy of Frederick Way, Jr., 1941.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 46483
    Robert Hurst

    CSS McRae
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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