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USS T. A. Ward
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy, 9 October 1861, at New York City
Commissioned, 17 January 1862, at the New York Navy Yard, LT. Walter W. Queen in command
Assigned to CDR. David Porter's Mortar Flotilla USS T. A. Ward sailed in January to Key West, FL
In March she proceeded to Ship Island, MS. the staging point for CDR. David Porters Mortar Flotilla
In mid-March, the schooner sailed to Pass a l'Outre where she was towed across the bar into the Mississippi on the 18th
On 15 April 1862, USS Harriet Lane towed T. A. Ward up the Mississippi to a position just out of range of the
Southern guns in Fort St. Phillip and Fort Jackson
On 18 April, the schooner now camouflaged with bushes and tree branches was towed to within 4,000 yards of Fort Jackson
Almost immediately the battle commenced lasting for six days and nights until COMO. Farragut's fleet raced upstream past the Confederate strongholds to take New Orleans
On 6 May, T. A. Ward retired to Ship Island which the mortar flotilla used as a base for blockade operations
Early in June, T. A. Ward sailed with the flotilla back up the Mississippi to support Farragut in an attack on Vicksburg
On station below Vicksburg, 28 June 1862, T. A. Ward participated in the bombard the Confederate batteries allowing Farragut's ships to dash past the Southern guns
T. A. Ward was reassigned in late July to the James River in support of General George B. McClellan's Peninsula campaign
After undergoing repair the schooner was assigned to the Potomac Squadron protecting Union communications with Washington by water
On the night of 3 and 4 October 1862 near Blakistone Island, MD., she captured a large man-of-war boat
The next night, she took two more boats attempting to run the blockade from Breton and St. Clement's Bays
Mid-November 1862, the schooner captured sloop G. W. Green near St. Jerome's Creek, MD.
Reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron early in the summer of 1863, T. A. Ward took station in July off Wilmington, N.C.
Reassigned on 26 September 1863 to waters off Charleston, S.C., for duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
On 17 October 1863, at Murrell's Inlet, S.C., boat crews from the schooner destroyed Southern merchant schooner Rover
On 20 September a party from T. A. Ward went ashore to reconnoiter and obtain fresh water; but it was surprised by Confederate cavalry.
Ten of the Union seamen were captured
On 12 April 1864, boats from T. A. Ward and USS South Carolina seized steamer Alliance
On 16 August, a boat expedition from USS Saratoga and T. A. Ward captured some 100 prisoners
By New Year's Day 1865, she was on blockade duty off Charleston and she served in nearby waters through the end of the Civil War
Decommissioned at Portsmouth, N.H., 22 July 1865, and was sold on 25 September 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 284 t
Depth of Hold 9'2"
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 T. A. Ward
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 12 May 2017
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