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USS Sarah Bruen

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Mortar Schooner:
  • Laid down, date and location unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 3 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Sarah Bruen, 3 February 1862, at the New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Abraham Christian in command
  • Assigned to CDR. David D. Porter's mortar flotilla at Ship Island, MS. in support of Flag Officer Farragut's attack on New Orleans
  • Participated in the shelling of Southern forts prior to Farragut's ships racing past the Confederate batteries and capturing New Orleans
  • Sarah Bruen was next assigned to blockade duty off Mobile Bay
  • She was next recalled by Flag Officer Farragut to participate in the siege of Vicksburg
  • The schooner next duty was with the West Gulf Blockade Squadron
  • Ordered north in the spring of 1864 for repairs at New York
  • Following repairs Sarah Bruen was ordered to Port Royal, S.C., 27 June 1864, for blockade duty inside Charleston Harbor's bar
  • Decommissioned at New York, 6 July 1865
  • Sold at public auction, 15 August 1865 to a Mr. Rhinehart
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 233 t.
    Length 105' 6"
    Beam 26' 7"
    Depth of Hold 9' 11"
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 35
    one 13" mortar
    two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Westfield 103k "Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the forts below New Orleans.
    Vessels shown are (from left to right):
    USS Westfield,
    USS Adolph Hugel,
    USS Para,
    USS William Bacon,
    USS Oliver H. Lee,
    USS C.P. Williams,
    USS Henry Janes,
    USS George Mangham,
    USS Racer,
    USS Horace Beals,
    USS Sarah Bruen,
    USS Samuel Rotan,
    USS John Griffith,
    USS Rachel Seaman,
    USS Maria J. Carlton,
    USS Sidney C. Jones,
    USS T.A. Ward,
    USS Sea Foam,
    USS Maria A. Wood,
    USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
    USS Matthew Vassar.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
    Robert Hurst

    USS Sarah Bruen
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Christian, Abraham3 February 1862 - 10 February 1864
    02Act. Master Bruner, Elias D.10 February 1864 - 23 February 1864
    03Act. Master Winchester, John F.23 February 1864 - 25 May 1864
    04Act. Master Reding, William F.15 June 1865 - 6 July 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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