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USS Midnight (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built as the wooden bark Dawn, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 31 July 1861, at New York City
  • Commissioned, USS Midnight, 19 October 1861, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Volunteer LT. James Trathen in command
  • USS Midnight was assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron 2 November 1861, operating primarily along the southwestern coast of Texas
  • Reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 16 October 1862
    3 February 1864 captured British schooner Defy off Doboy Light, GA.
  • Midnight's last tour of duty was with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron early in the fall of 1864
    The ship's most successful expedition was at St. Andrews Bay, from 1 to 4 February 1865, where a landing party destroyed beyond repair several large salt plants and dumping tons salt into the sea
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Sold at public auction in Boston to C. H. Miller, 1 November 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 387 t.
    Length 126'
    Beam 27' 10"
    Draft 10'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Complement 70
    Speed unknown
    six 32-pdrs
    two 20-pdr Parrot rifles
    Propulsion sail

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    USS Midnight (I)
    (DANFS) History, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
    Commanding Officers
    01Acting Volunteer LT. Trathen, James19 October 1861 - ?
    02Acting Master Francis Burgessno dates
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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