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Civil War Medal

Half Brig:
  • Built as the half brig Coquette in 1857 at Baltimore, MD. for J. Crosby
  • CS Florida, 6 May 1863. CDR. J. N. Maffitt, CSN in command
  • Renamed Clarence the half brig was placed under the command LT. C. W. Read, with 20 men as a prize crew
  • LT. Read planed to sail Clarence into Hampton Roads, VA., destroy or capture a Federal gunboat and burn Union merchant vessels congregated at Fortress Monroe
  • En route to Virginia, Clarence captured bark Windward, also known as Whistling Wind, 6 June 1863
  • On 7 June she captured schooner Alfred H. Partridge
  • On 9 June Clarence captured brig Mary Alvina
  • Finding entrance to Hampton Roads restricted LT Read decided that his original plan would be impossible
  • On 12 June Clarence captured the bark Tacony, and schooner M. A. Shindler
  • Read planned to transferred his force to Tacony, a better sailer than Clarence
  • Clarence took on last prize schooner Kate Stewart before Read ordered Clarence burned
  • LT. Read and his crew continued on Tacony to harass Union commerce along the Atlantic coast
    Displacement 253 t
    Length 114'
    Beam 24'
    Draft 11'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 21
    Armament one 12-pdr howitzer
    Propulsion sail

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