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USS Fort Henry


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal


Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased, 25 March 1862, at New York
  • Commissioned USS Fort Henry, 3 April 1862, Acting Lieutenant J. C. Walsh in command
  • Assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, Fort Henry arrived at Key West, Fla., 2 June 1862
  • Fort Henry performed blockade duty in the vicinity of St. George Sound and the Cedar Keys
  • She took one sloop in 1862, and in 1863, took four schooners, four sloops, and one smaller craft
  • In April 1863 Fort Henry, USS St. Lawrence and USS Sagamore mounted an expedition to scour the coast between the Suwanee River and Anclote Keys where the group took a sloop off Bayport 9 April, engaged an enemy battery and set a schooner on fire
  • On 20 July 1863, Fort Henry sent her launch to reconnoiter the Crystal River, two of her men were killed by fire from the shore
  • The steamer sailed north in June 1865, arriving at New York 19 June
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1865, at New York, and sold 15 August 1865
  • Finial Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 519 t.
    Length 150'6"
    Beam 32'
    Depth of Hold 11'9"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 9" smoothbores
    four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion
    steam, twin sidewheels

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