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Civil War Medal
Built as the wood schooner Racer, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy, 29 August 1861, at New York City
Commissioned USS Racer, 21 January 1862, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Alvin Phinney in command
Initially armed for blockade service she was reconfigured to for service with CDR. David D. Porter's mortar flotilla
Towed by tugs Burlech and T. Carey, schooners USS Racer, USS C. P. Williams and
USS John Griffith departed New York, 23 January 1862, reaching Ship Island, MS., 13 March
On 18 March Racer with the rest of Porter's mortar flotilla entered the Mississippi River over the bar at Pass a l'Outre
Racer participated in the successful attacks of Forts Jackson and St. Philip allowing Farragut's ships to pass the forts leaving New Orleans unprotected from
Porter's flotilla retired down the Mississippi via Ship Island to Pensacola, FL.
Racer and the rest of the flotilla soon returned to the Mississippi to support Farragut's expedition up the Mississippi at Vicksburg
On 20 June, the schooners began shelling Confederate batteries as Farragut raced past the fortress to meet Flag Officer Davis' Western Flotilla
On 9 July, Porter received orders sending a dozen schooners including Racer north
Racer joined the Potomac Flotilla in September 1862 and operated on the Potomac and the Rappahannock rivers
She joined USS Jacob Bell and USS Resolute on 18 July 1863 driving off Confederate troops
attacking ship George Peabody, aground at Mathias Point, VA.
Shortly thereafter, Racer was transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and participated in operations against Charleston
Decommissioned, 2 September 1865, at New York, and sold at auction, 27 September 1865, to a Mr. White
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 252 t
Depth of Hold 9'6"
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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 12 May 2017
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