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USS Louisiana (II)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Screw Steamer Gunboat:
Built at Wilmington, Del., in 1860
Purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia 10 July 1861
Commissioned USS Louisiana, in August 1861, LT. Alexander Murray in command
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron operating along the Virginia coast
Louisiana and USS Savannah engaged CSS Patrick Henry, 13 September 1861, off
Newport News without conclusive results
Two of Louisiana's boats destroyed a Confederate privateer at Chincoteague Inlet 5 October
On 7 October she captured schooner S. T. Carrison with a cargo of wood near Wallops Island
Louisiana boats, led by Lt. Alfred Hopkins, surprised and burned three Confederate vessels at Chincoteague Inlet 28 and 29 October
Louisiana was reassigned to Hatteras Inlet, 2 January 1862, to prepare for the invasion of the Carolina Sounds
For the next 3 years, she patrolled, supported Army troops and made raids throughout the intricate water system
On 6 September 1862, Louisiana provided fire power for Union troops repelling Confederate attacks on Washington, N.C.
She captured schooner Alice L. Webb at Rose Bay, N.C., 5 November 1862
Participated in the Army-Navy expedition which captured Greenville, N.C., 4 days later
On 20 May 1863, one of her boat crews captured a still unrigged schooner in the Tar River north of Washington, N.C.
In early December in an attempt to destroy the fortifications at Fort Fisher, guarding Wilmington, N.C., Louisiana was partially stripped and laden
She left Hampton Roads 13 December in tow of Sassacus for Beaufort, N.C., where the loading of powder was completed
She arrived at Fort Fisher, 5 days, here Wilderness took up the tow with a volunteer crew
Wilderness and Louisiana departed Beaufort, 23 December, Wilderness positioned Louisiana under Fort Fisher
Louisiana was blown up as planned, but with little effect
Several weeks later, the massed gunfire of the fleet and amphibious assault reduced the last great bastion of the Carolina Sounds
Displacement 295 t.
Length 143' 2"
Beam 27' 3"
Depth of Hold 8' 1"
Draft 8' 6"
one 8" Dalghren smoothbore
one 12-pdr Dalghren rifle
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||Naval Skirmish between the Rebel Iron-plated War Steamer CSS Patrick Henry), and a
portion of the Federal Fleet anchored in James River, Va., off Newport News. Line engraving published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated, 1861. It probably depicts the action
of 13 September 1861. Ships shown are (from left to right):
CSS Patrick Henry,
USS Savannah and
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59210
||Drawing broadside view of Gunboat USS Louisiana by Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891.
J.P. Morgan, 1919 (DLC/PP-1919:R1.2.456), Morgan collection of Civil War drawings, Library of Congress.
USS Louisiana (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 28 September 2018
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