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Uncle Ben

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Uncle Ben, a cotton-clad steamer, operated with the Texas Marine gunboat fleet in and about Sabine City
  • On 20 January 1863, Uncle Ben and Josiah A. Bell engaged the Union blockaders USS Morning Star and USS Fairy, formerly USS 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
  • Uncle Ben was used to remove obstructions from the Sabine River in June 1863
  • On 8 September, following successful encounter with Federal blockaders off Sabine Pass, Uncle Ben received the surrender of USS Sachem
  • In October 1863 Uncle Ben transported men and provisions in coastal waters
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 3'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament three 12-pdrs
    Propulsion Steam

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