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USS Coeur de Lion
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USLHT Coeur de Lion (1853 - 1861)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, date unknown at Coxsakie, New York
  • Launched in 1853
  • Loaned to the Navy Department by the Lighthouse Board in 1861
  • Fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned, USS Coeur de Lion, circa September-October 1861, Acting Master Alexander in command
  • Coeur de Lion sailed 2 October 1861 for Washington, D.C.
    Until the end of the war Coeur de Lion patrolled in the Potomac, James, and other rivers of Virginia
    Burned schooners, Charity, Gazelle, and Flight in the Appomattox River, 27 May 1862
    Burned schooners Sarah Margaret and Odd Fellow up the Coan River, 1 June 1862
    Captured schooner Emily Murray, 9 February 1863, off Machodoc Creek, VA.
    Captured schooner Robert Knowles, 16 September 1863, in the Potomac River
    Captured schooner Malinda, 3 June 1864, in the Potomac River
    Exchanged fire with enemy batteries on the Nansemond River, 17 and 19 April 1863, taking the surrender of one of these on the 19th
  • Decommissioned, 2 June 1865, at Washington Navy Yard and returned to the Lighthouse Board the following day
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 110 t.
    Length 100'
    Beam 20' 6"
    Depth of Hold 4' 10"
    Draft 4'6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 29
    Armament
    one 30-pdr
    one 12-pdr rifle
    one 12-pdr smoothbore
    Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels

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    Coeur de Lion 127k USS Coeur de Lion with her crew on deck and after gun manned, during the Civil War. Her officers' names are printed below the image on this Civil War era reproduction.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 100
    Robert Hurst
    George Washington Parke Custis 413k The barge George Washington Parke Custis was towed, 10 November 1861 by USS Coeur de Lion from the Washington Navy Yard down the Potomac River to a place off Mattawomen Creek where the balloon ascended over the Potomac River, making a reconnaissance of the blockade near Budd's Ferry below Mount Vernon. Drawing in Lowe Collection at National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 2079
    Robert Hurst

    USS Coeur de Lion
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