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USS Henry Brinker

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1861, at Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Union Navy, 29 October 1861, at New York from her owner, Henry Brinker
  • Commissioned USS Henry Brinker, 15 December 1861, at Hampton Roads, Acting Master John E. Giddings commanding
  • Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hatteras Inlet. 10 January 1862
    Henry Brinker participated in the joint attack on Roanoke Island engaging Confederate shore batteries 7 February and the follow up action against the Confederate squadron and batteries at Elizabeth City
    Participated in the capture of New Bern, N. C., 13 March
  • Henry Brinker was assigned to Albemarle Sound following the victory at New Bern, patrolling to suppress trade and contain Confederate guerrilla activity
    Participated in a reconnaissance up the Chowan River 3-23 August 1862
  • Henry Brinker in company with USS Shawsheen participated in the 22 June 1863 expedition up the Bay River capturing Confederate schooner Henry Clay
  • Under repair from November 1863 to April 1864
  • Assigned, 9 April 1864, as tender to USS Minnesota at Newport News, VA.
  • Henry Brinker sailed up the Pamunkey River to White House, VA., 23 June, to support the Army in local operations
  • Decommissioned 29 June 1865, at Hampton Roads, sold 20 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 108 t.
    Length 82'
    Beam 26'7"
    Depth of Hold 6'2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 7 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 30-pdr
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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