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CSS Huntress

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer (Mail Packet):
  • Built in 1838 at New York City
  • Purchased at New York City in March 1861 for the State of Georgia
  • Relinquished her to the Confederate States Navy, date unknown
  • Commissioned, date and location unknown, LT Manigault Morris, CSN, in command
  • CSS Huntress served on the Charleston station during 1861-62, taking part in the battle of Port Royal, S.C., 7 November 1861
  • During the summer of 1862 she served as a transport in Charleston harbor
  • Sold, 29 October 1862 for $133,650 to A. J. White & Son, Charleston merchants
  • Converted to a blockade runner, she was renamed SS Tropic
  • Final Disposition, while attempting to escape to sea with turpentine and cotton, 18 January 1863, she was accidentally burned off Charleston; USS Quaker City rescued passengers and crew
    Displacement 500 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 24' 6"
    Draft 6' 6"
    Speed 16-20 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament 1 to 3 guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Issac Smith 78k "Army & Navy Reconnaissance. Tuesday Morning Nov. 5" 1861 Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume I, page 189, depicting Federal ships investigating Port Royal Sound, South Carolina, prior to their successful attack on Confederate fortifications there. Ships and other items identified across the bottom of the print include (from left to right):
    USS Mercury, with Generals Sherman and Stevens & staff on board;
    USS Penguin, with Hilton Head Battery beyond;
    USS Pawnee; Broad River (in distance);
    CSS Huntress (distance);
    USS Seneca; Steamer Screamer (distance);
    USS Ottawa with Capt. Rogers & General Wright on board;
    Steamer Everglades (distance, beyond Ottawa;
    USS Pembina;
    CSS Lady Davis (distance); Beaufort River (distance); Bay Point Battery (distance); USS Curlew; (probably misidentified as no record exists that USS Curlew served with South Atlantic Blockading Squadron) Confederate camp (distance);
    USS Isaac Smith.
    US Navy photo # NH 59319
    Tommy Trampp

    CSS Huntress
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