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USS Magnolia (I)
CSS Magnolia (1862)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built as a wooden, seagoing, side-wheel steamer at Greenpoint, N.Y., in 1857 by Charles Morgan's Southern SS Co.
Impressed at New Orleans, 15 January 1862, by Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell, CSA, acting for the Confederacy's Secretary of War Benjamin
CSS Magnolia was fitted out as a blockade runner, with at least two successful runs to nearby British islands
On 19 February 1862, while trying to escape from Pass a L'Outre in the Gulf of Mexico, she was captured by Union ships USS Brooklyn and
USS South Carolina (III)
Purchased, 9 April 1862, at New York, N.Y., by the Navy Department from the Key West Prize Court
After repairs, she was commissioned USS Magnolia at New York, 22 July 1862, LT. William Budd in command
Magnolia departed New York, 26 July 1862, to take station near Key West as part of the Union blockade
While enroute Magnolia captured the British steamer Memphis, 31 July, near Cape Romain, S.C.
Aided by USS South Carolina, Magnolia convoyed her prize to New York, arriving 3 August
After repairs, she sailed again for Key West where she operated off the coast of Florida with the Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron
Magnolia took British schooner Carmita, 27 December, and 2 days later seized a second blockade runner, British sloop Flying Fish,
Continuous boiler problems eventually forced Magnolia to finally sail north 15 July 1863 for repairs at New York
USS Magnolia rejoined the Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron, 25 April 1864
While patrolling off the Bahama Banks on 10 September she captured steamer Matagorda
Magnolia remained in these waters until February 1865, when she shifted to Apalachee Bay to blockade St. Marks, FL.
Magnolia put into Key West 15 March, and spent her last war days ferrying supplies to the ships maintaining the blockade
Decommissioned at New York, 10 June 1865
Sold at public auction to N. L. & G. Griswold, 12 July 1865
Redocumented, 23 August 1865, Magnolia served briefly as a merchantman and was abandoned in 1866
Displacement 843 t.
Depth of Hull unknown
Speed 12 kts
one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
four 24-pdr guns
vertical beam steam engine
auxiliary sails, schooner riggged
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USS Magnolia (I)
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