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CSS Morgan
CSS Admiral (1862)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built at Mobile, Ala. in 1861-62 (one reference of October 1862 gave her name as Admiral)
  • Morgan operated in the waters around Mobile from the time of her completion early in 1862 to the close of hostilities
  • During the Battle of Mobile Bay Morgan, CDR. G. W. Harrison, CSN, was able to deliver a telling broadside raking fire against USS Hartford and others as they steamed up the channel
  • Morgan was then pursued by USS Metacomet but succeeded in driving her off
  • While escaping from the Union forces Morgan, grounded briefly, but was able to continue on until she was under the guns of Fort Morgan
  • While under the guns of Fort Morgan she dispatched a boat which effected the destruction of the Union gunboat USS Philippi below the fort
  • CDR, Harrison saved Morgan by running the gauntlet up to Mobile under cover of darkness
  • In April 1865 Morgan participated in the battle near Blakely, GA., sustaining considerable damage
  • Morgan was ordered, 4 May 1865, to surrender to the United States Navy
  • Sold in December 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament 3 guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Selma 153k "Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864"
    Reproduction of an 1864 pen & ink drawing by George S. Waterman, C.S.N., depicting the action as seen from above and inside the entrance to Mobile Bay. Confederate ships present are (as identified on the drawing);
    CSS Selma
    CSS Morgan
    CSS Gaines (shown twice, in the battle line, and beached off Fort Morgan after the battle) and
    CSS Tennessee. Union monitors shown are (from the front of the line);
    (sinking after striking a mine),
    USS Manhattan
    USS Winnebago and
    USS Chickasaw. The leading two steam sloops in the Union line are
    USS Brooklyn and
    USS Hartford. Small diagram in the lower right represents the various efforts by Union ships to ram Tennessee later in the action.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 42392
    Robert Hurst

    CSS Morgan
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