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CSS General Rusk


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Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Build in 1857 as the merchantman SS General Rusk at Wilmington, DE. for the Southern Steamship Co,
  • Seized by the State of Texas, at Galveston in 1861
  • Assigned to duty as reconnaissance and signal boat for the Texas Marine Department [See Annex III] in and about the waters of Galveston Harbor during the latter half of 1861
  • Captured SS Star of the West, 17 April 1861, off Indianola, TX.
  • Transferred from the Texas Marine Department in 1861 or 1862 and placed under the British flag for service as a blockade runner, renamed SS Blanche
  • Run aground near Marianao, Cuba in 1862 while attempting to escape from USS Montgomery
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by fire after attempts to refloat the ship failed
    Specifications:
    Displacement 750 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 31'
    Depth of Hold 12'
    Draft 5' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    Namesake

    Thomas Jefferson Rusk (December 5, 1803 July 29, 1857) was an early political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, serving as its first Secretary of War as well as a general at the Battle of San Jacinto. He was later a US politician and served as a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1857.
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    CSS General Rusk
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