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USS Maria J. Carlton

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 15 October 1861, at Middletown, CT., from Mr. Warner of Haddam, CT.
  • Converted to a mortar schooner at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Maria J. Carlton, 29 January 1862, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Charles E. Jack in command
  • USS Maria J. Carlton was assigned to the CDR. David Porter's Mortar Flotilla
  • The schooner got under way for the mouth of the Mississippi in mid-February 1862 and crossed the bar at Pas a L'Outre 18 March
  • USS Maria J. Carlton participated in the bombardment of Forts St. Philip and Jackson below New Orleans
  • Maria J. Carlton operated with the 2d Division of CDR. Porter's Mortar Flotilla in the cannonade
  • On the second day a Confederate shot struck her magazine deck and tore a large hole in her bottom
  • Two crewmen were wounded and the schooner quickly sank
    Displacement 178 t
    Length 98'
    Beam 27'
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 7'8"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 13" mortar
    two 12-pdr rifled howitzers
    Propulsion sail

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    Westfield 103k "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 Westfield,
    USS Adolph Hugel,
    USS Para,
    USS William Bacon,
    USS Oliver H. Lee,
    USS C.P. Williams,
    USS Henry Janes,
    USS George Mangham,
    USS Racer,
    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
    Robert Hurst

    USS Maria J. Carlton
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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