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USS James S. Chambers
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built as the three-masted schooner James S. Chambers, date and location unknown
Launched date unknown
Purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia 4 September 1861
Commissioned USS James S. Chambers, 16 December 1861, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, LT. Dennis Condry in command
James S. Chambers joined the the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Ship Island, MS., 23 January 1862
Captured blockade-running schooner Corelia, 23 August 1862 off the coast of Florida
Two days later she took Confederate steamer Union attempting to escape with a cargo of 350 bales of cotton.
On 4 March 1863 she took Spanish sloop Relampago and chased schooner Ida until she ran aground where she was set on fire
On 18 June 1863 James S. Chambers captured schooner Rebekah
For most of the next year James S. Chambers was employed on blockade duty stationed at West Pass, St. George's Sound, FL.
On 12 May 1864, boats from James S. Chambers and USS Somerset drove off Confederate boat expedition attempting to
capture the Union's side-wheel steamer USS Adela
In August 1864 yellow fever forced her to return to Philadelphia
James S. Chambers rejoined to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron stationed at Bull's Bay, S.C., 1 January 1865
Participated in the joint expeditionary force which attacked the rear of Charleston 12 February
A fortnight later her boat crews raided and destroyed extensive Confederate salt works and stockpiles at Palmetto Point, S.C.
Toward the end of the war James S. Chambers served as a quarantine vessel at Port Royal, S.C.
Decommissioned 31 August 1865, at New York, sold at public auction in New York City to Mr. Rhinehart 27 September 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 401 t.
Depth of Hold 12'2"
Armament four 32-pdrs
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USS James S. Chambers
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