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CSS General Rusk
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
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
Displacement 750 t.
Depth of Hold 12'
Draft 5' 7"
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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.
CSS General Rusk
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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