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USS Coeur de Lion
USLHT Coeur de Lion (1853 - 1861)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
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
Displacement 110 t.
Beam 20' 6"
Depth of Hold 4' 10"
one 12-pdr rifle
one 12-pdr smoothbore
Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels
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||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
||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
USS Coeur de Lion
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 7 January 2017
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