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USS James L. Davis

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • James L. Davis (also called J. L. Davis), was purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia 29 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS James L. Davis, 30 December 1861, at Philadelphia, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Joseph Winn in command
  • USS James L. Davis joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron off Pass a L'Outre, LA. 5 February 1862
  • Reassigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron in exchange for USS Preble in February 1862
  • James L. Davis arrived Cedar Keys, FL., 2 March 1862
  • On 10 March, captured schooner Florida
  • In September 1862, took English schooner Isabel
  • Reassigned, 2 October, as supply ship carrying stores and provisions to other vessels of the squadron
  • Relieved USS Ethan Allen at St. Joseph's Bay, FL., in March 1863
  • Ordered to Key West for repairs 15 November
  • Ordered to Tampa Bay in early 1864 where she served until fall
  • On 4 May 1864, she joined USS Sunflower and USS Honduras in landing Army troops at Tampa and in providing men for a naval, landing party
  • During the operation on 6 May the three ships cooperated in capturing blockade-running sloop Neptune
  • In July and August, James L. Davis participated in a series of successful boat expeditions which destroyed salt works, a large saw and grist mill, and a sugar mill belonging to Jefferson Davis
  • On 1 September James L. Davis was ordered to St. Joseph's Bay and served there until ordered to Key West for repairs 1 April 1865
  • Ordered to Philadelphia, 21 April, she decommissioned there, date unknown, and was sold at public auction 20 June 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 461 t.
    Length 133'
    Beam 30'7"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 12'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament four 8" guns
    Propulsion Sail

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