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USS Kingfisher (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy at Boston, 2 August 1861
  • Commissioned USS Kingfisher, 3 October 1861, at Boston Navy Yard, Acting LT. Joseph P. Couthouy in command, departing the same day to join the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West
  • On 21 January Kingfisher joined USS Ethan Allen in capturing Olive Branch out bound from Ceder Keys to Nassau
  • Five days later the two ships mounted a boat expedition to the mouth of the Manatee River where they captured sloop Mary Nevis and burned Confederate cavalry barracks
  • On 29 January Kingfisher took Spanish brig Terisita of Havana
  • On 25 February Kingfisher overtook blockade runner Lion in the Gulf of Mexico after a 3-day chase
  • On 2 June two boats from Kingfisher rowed up Aucilla River, FL., to obtain fresh water, they were ambushed by a Southern raiding party killing two men and capturing the remaining nine
  • Kingfisher was ordered to Boston to be repaired and her crew reinvigorated
  • Kingfisher joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Port Royal, S.C., 21 December 1862
  • Stationed in St. Helena Sound, S.C., she distinguished herself for efficiency in reconnaissance work and operations against small parties of Confederates ashore
  • On 9 April 1863 a party from Kingfisher landed at Edisto Island, S.C., and captured a group of Southern cavalry men stationed there
  • From time to time during the ensuing year, she shelled Confederate troops ashore and sent landing parties inland to gather information and capture food for her crew and for refugees who had flocked to her for protection
  • Kingfisher grounded on Combahee Bank in St. Helena Sound 28 March 1864
  • Efforts to save her proved fruitless she was abandoned 5 April 1864
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 451 t.
    Length 121'4"
    Beam 28'8"
    Depth of Hold 14'4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 97
    four 8" Dalghren smoothbores
    Propulsion sail

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    Kingfisher - One of Europe's most beautiful birds conspicuous for its blue-green back and rich chestnut breast.
    Tommy Trampp
    74k USS Mississippi and USS Kingfisher at Passe a L'Outre New Orleans, 1 January 1863.
    Sketch print from a 1863 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine.
    Tommy Trampp

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