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USS Reliance (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built as a wooden screw steamer in 1860 at Keyport, N.J.
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Union Navy, 7 May 1861, at New York
Commissioned, USS Reliance, 13 May 1861, Acting Lt. Jared P. K. Mygatt in command
Assigned to the Potomac Flotilla, Reliance began her active service by blockading the Virginia side of the Potomac River patrolling the river, searching for smuggled supplies, runaway slaves, and deserting Confederate soldiers.
From 29 May to 1 June 1861, she joined in attacks against enemy positions at Aquia Creek, VA.
On 20 June, she engaged Rebel batteries at Marlborough Point, VA.
A week later, she fought Confederate forces at Mathias Point, VA.
On 12 August 1862, she captured sloop, Blossom, and sent a boat expedition into Sturgeon Creek
On 30 October, seized the sloop Painter off Alexandria
On 24 November, took longboat, New Moon
On 23 August 1863, Reliance and USS Satellite anchored off Windmill Point were captured by Confederate raiders
Final Disposition, taken to Port Royal, Va., stripped and destroyed on 28 August to prevent their recapture by approaching Union cavalry
Displacement 90 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
one 24-pdr howitzer
one 12-pdr howitzer
Propulsion steam, single screw
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||"Engagement between the Gunboat Flotilla, Freeborn and Reliance, under the Command of Captain James H. Ward, and a Secession Force at
Mathias Point, Va., on the Potomac River -- Death of Captain Ward." 27 June 1861.
A line engraving, based on a sketch by an Officer of the Expedition, published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861, depicting
USS Thomas Freeborn, Ward's flagship, in the left foreground with USS Reliance to her right.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59242
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USS Reliance (I)
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