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USS Morning Light


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal


Ship:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 937 t.
    Length 172'
    Beam 34'3"
    Depth of Hold 24'
    Draft 19'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament eight 22-pdrs
    Propulsion Sail

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