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USS Morning Light
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1853 by William Cramp at Kensington, PA.
Launched 15 August 1853
Purchased by the Navy, 2 September 1861, at New York
Commissioned USS Morning Light, 21 November 1861, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Volunteer Lt. Henry T. Moore in command
After fitting out Morning Light sailed from New York to cruise the lower east coast in search of Confederate privateers and blockade runners
Morning Light returned to New York, 28 February 1862
She next joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in March
On 15 April, Morning Light and the bark USS J.C. Kuhn were ordered to stand off Ship Island, MS., as protection
for the Army command of Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler
On 27 May, Morning Light was off Pensacola, FL., performing blockade duties with sloop USS Vincennes
On 27 and 28 November at Velasco TX., Morning Light sent several boat expeditions ashore to destroy the Confederate salt works at Cedar Lake
On 21 January 1863, Morning Light, now assigned to the blockade off Sabine Pass, was attacked and captured by the Confederate cotton-clad
Josiah A. Bell and was burned 2 days later
Displacement 937 t.
Depth of Hold 24'
Armament eight 22-pdrs
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USS Morning Light
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 21 April 2017
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