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USS Guard
USS National Guard (1861 - 1866)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built in 1857 as National Guard, by George D. Morgan, Portland, CT.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy 6 July 1861
  • Commissioned USS National Guard, 23 December 1862, Acting Master William Lee Hays in command
  • National Guard served as a supply ship for the West India Squadron from 1862 to 1865
  • Quarantine at Boston, in June 1865 when yellow fever broke out among the crew
  • Decommissioned at Boston, 10 November 1865
  • Recommissioned, 13 March 1866, Acting Master Lewis A. Brown in command
  • Name changed to USS Guard, 2 June 1866
  • Guard served as supply ship at Cadiz, Spain from 16 August 1866 to 1869 for the European Fleet
  • Decommissioned, 5 November 1869, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 17 January 1870, LCDR. Edward P. Lull in command, to take part in the Darien Expedition
  • Guard conducted hydrographic surveys to determine what route, if any, would be best for a ship canal across the isthmus
  • 12 August to 3 October 1870 USS Guard sailed from New York to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia with supplies
  • Decommissioned at New York, 3 August 1871
  • Recommissioned, 1 February 1873, CDR. Charles A. Babcock in command
  • Guard sailed from New York 22 March with goods, exhibits, and construction materiel for the Vienna Exposition of 1873
  • Decommissioned, 27 April 1874
  • Recommissioned, 18 August 1877, at New York, LCDR. F. M. Green in command, her mission was to determine by means of the submarine cable the longitudes between Lisbon, Madeira, the Cape de Verde Islands, Pernambuco, and Buenos Aires
  • Decommissioned, at Portsmouth, N.H., 15 December 1878, sold, 27 September 1883, C. A. Williams & Co. of New London, CT.
  • Finial Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,846 t.
    Length 160'
    Beam 38'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 20'7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 95
    four 8" Dalghren rifles
    two 12-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion sail

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