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Civil War Medal

Screw Tug:
  • Built in 1857, as the screw tug Moser at Philadelphia
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Confederate States Army-chartered, Navy-controlled tug
  • Mosher was owned by Southern Steamship Co., operated with the Confederate Navy under CDR. J. K. Mitchell during the bombardment of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862
  • Mosher, under the commanded by CAPT. H. Sherman towed a fire boat against a heavy sloop-of-war, probably USS Hartford, when she received a broadside shot and sank instantly
    Displacement 49 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 40
    DANFS indicates she was unarmed
    Image # (0946090) shows one gun forward
    Propulsion steam

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    Hartford 128k USS Hartford while running Fort St. Philip ran into a load of trouble. The Confederate tug Mosher laid a fire raft beside Farragut's flagship and set her on fire. The signal officer on Hartford dropped a few shells onto the fire raft and blew it up. Hosed down, Hartford steered up river with her port beam still smoldering.
    US Library of Congress image from "An Illustrated History of the United States Navy" by Chester G. Hearn.
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 388k USS Hartford attacked by a fire raft at the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, pushed by the Confederate tugboat Mosher.
    Engraving by J.O. Davidson. Image from p.88 of the book "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, being for the most part contributions by Union and Confederate officers, based upon the Century War Series", volume 2. Courtesy of the British Library from its digital collections.
    Robert Hurst

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