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Josiah A. Bell

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Josiah A. Bell, also known as J. A. Bell, was built in Jeffersonville, IN., in 1853
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Cottonclad at Sabine Pass the summer of 1862 for service with the Texas Marine Department
  • On 20 January 1863, steaming in company with Uncle Ben they engaged the blockading sloop-of-war USS Morning Light and armored schooner USS Fairy, formerly Velocity
  • During a 2-hour fight army sharpshooters on board Josiah A. Bell repeatedly swept the decks of Morning Light and soon caused her to strike her colors
  • Meanwhile Uncle Ben effected the schooner's unconditional surrender
  • Josiah A. Bell would remain a worry and threat to the blockading vessels off Sabine Pass
  • At the end of the war Josiah A Bell was operating in Sabine Lake
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 412 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 4'6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one or two guns
    Steam, two sidewheels

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