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USS Henry Janes
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy, 27 September 1861, at New York City from her owners, Van Brunt and Slaght
Commissioned, USS Henry Janes, 30 January 1862, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master L. W. Pennington in command
Assigned to CDR. David Dixon Porter's Mortar Flotilla at Key West, FL.
Sailed with the flotilla joining the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 18 March 1862, for the Mississippi River operations specifically aimed at the capture of New Orleans, LA.
On 18 April, Henry Janes participated in the the attack on Forts Jackson and St. Phillip below New Orleans
Henry Janes returned with the flotilla to Ship Island, MS., 6 May were they remained until they were called upon to aid in the bombardment Vicksburg, MS.
The schooner arrived below Vicksburg on 20 June with the rest of the flotilla in support of Flag Officer David Farragut's attempt to pass the Confederate batteries 28 June to join with Commodore C. H. Davis farther up river
Remaining off Vicksburg in to July Henry Janes bombarded the city's defenses on the 15th, before proceeding downriver
Henry Janes was reassigned to the blockading forces off the coast of Texas
At Sabine Pass Henry Janes helped to suppress Confederate batteries near Sabine City allowing the Union vessels to enter the pass on 21 September
Henry Janes returned to blockading duties for the next 18 months, with occasional boat expeditions into the innumerable passes and inlets of the Texas coast
Detailed to the ordnance department 8 August 1864, and assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as an ordnance vessel
Henry Janes sailed from New York 30 August to report in the sounds of North Carolina on ordnance duty
Sent north in June 1865, decommissioned 12 July 1865, and was sold to George Burnham, Jr., 20 July 1865 at Portsmouth, N,H.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 260 t
Depth of Hold 9'
one 13" mortar
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||"Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the
forts below New Orleans.
Vessels shown are (from left to right):
USS Adolph Hugel,
USS William Bacon,
USS Oliver H. Lee,
USS C.P. Williams,
USS Henry Janes,
USS George Mangham,
USS Horace Beals,
USS Sarah Bruen,
USS Samuel Rotan,
USS John Griffith,
USS Rachel Seaman,
USS Maria J. Carlton,
USS Sidney C. Jones,
USS T.A. Ward,
USS Sea Foam,
USS Maria A. Wood,
USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
USS Matthew Vassar.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
USS Henry Janes
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 12 May 2017
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