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USRC W. H. Crawford
USRC Nansemond (1865 - ?)
USS Nansemond (1863 - 1865)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built as the sidewheel steamer James F. Freeborn, at Williamsburg, N. Y. in 1862
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy at New York City 18 August 1863 from Richard Squires
Commissioned USS Nansemond, 19 August 1863, at Baltimore, MD., LT. Roswell H. Lamson in command
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington 24 August 1863
Destroyed the blockade running steamer Douro near New Inlet, N.C., 11 October 1863
Ten days later Nansemond forced the blockade running steamer Venus ashore near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and the next morning
set fire to the hulk
On the evening of 4 November, USS Howquah sighted blockade runner Margaret and Jessie and pursued her through
the night. The next morning, Nansemond and Army transport Fulton, which had joined in the chase, captured the notorious runner at sea, east
of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Margaret and Jessie had previously succeeded in running the blockade 15 times
On the evening of, 6 May 1864, CSS Raleigh steamed over the bar at New Inlet and attacked blockaders
USS Britannia and Nansemond while a Confederate steamer raced to sea
The following morning, Nansemond, Howquah, USS Mount Vernon, and
USS Kansas repulsed a renewed attack by Raleigh, while attempting to withdraw over the bar at the mouth of Cape Fear River, grounded,
suffered severe damage and was destroyed by her Commander, Flag Officer William F. Lynch, to prevent her falling into Union hands
On 20 June Nansemond and USS Calypso embarked Army troops for an expedition to New River, N.C. to cut the Wilmington
and Weldon Railroad. However, word of the raid reached Confederate ears, and strong Southern defensive forces compelled the Union troops to withdraw under cover of the ships' guns.
On 24 December 1864, Nansemond participated in the Union attack on Fort Fisher which protected the vital Southern port only to be repulsed the next day by determined defenders
After supporting the Union's final drive on Richmond, Nansemond decommissioned at Washington Navy Yard, 8 August 1865
She was transferred to the Treasury Department, 22 August 1865 and served the Revenue Cutter Service as USRC Nansemond and later as
USRC W.H. Crawford
Sold at Baltimore to Edward D. Booz 24 April 1897 and renamed General J. A. Dumont
Final Disposition, destroyed by fire at Severn Side, Maryland on 22 December 1914
Displacement 340 t.
Depth of Hold 9'6"
Speed 15 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
Propulsion steam, two paddle wheels
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|Illustration of the commercial tugboat James F. Freeborn which served as the gunboat USS Nansemond during the civil war.
and after the war as the revenue cutter USRC Nansemond and USRC W.H. Crawford.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 20 December 2023
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