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CS Bayou City

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Steamer (privateer):
  • Originally a mail boat that ran between Galveston and Houston, TX.
  • Chartered, 26 September 1861, by CDR. W. Hunter, CSN, Texas Marine Department, from the Houston Navigation Co.
  • Fitted with cotton cladding, operated by the State of Texas in the area of Galveston harbor and the Trinity River
  • Taken over by Confederate War Department, October 1862
  • Bayou City participated in the battle of Galveston during which she attacked USS Harriet Lane, capturing her, 1 January 1863
  • Bayou City served as a gunboat in the Marine Department along the coast of Texas until the end of the war
  • Final Disposition, An advertisement for an Auction Sale in Flake's Daily Galveston Bulletin (Galveston, Galveston Co., TX), Sun., 24 Jun 1866, p. 5, c. 5 - "Sale of Government Property - Will be sold on Tuesday, the 12th July, at 10 o'clock a.m. at the corner of Strand and Tremont streets, in the city of Galveston, the following property: Stm'r Bayou City, near Lagrange, Neches river. The engines, machinery of these boats are said to be good and can be recovered at little cost. Terms, Cash in U.S. Treasury Notes. By order of Geo. W. Dent, Supervising Agent, Treas. Dept., Alex'r N. Shipley, Government Auctioneer."
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 3'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one 32-pdr gun
    Propulsion steam

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    Harriet Lane 94k C.S.Army gunboat Bayou City captures USS Harriet Lane during the Battle of Galveston, Texas, 1 January 1863. Engraving published in Harper's "History of the Great Rebellion", page 421, depicting Confederates boarding Harriet Lane from C.S. gunboats Neptune and Bayou City.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 42911
    Robert Hurst

    CS Bayou City
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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