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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Crusader Type: Screw Steamer Tonnage: 545
Length: 169’ Beam: 28’ Draught: 12’6”
Speed: Max: 8 knots, Avg.: 5 knots Complement: 92 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: September 22, 1862: 4 32-pdr. 33 cwt., 2 20-pdr. Parrott rifles, 1 12-pdr. rifle (Note: No armament listed for 1864-65.)
Namesake: One pursuing a goal with great dedication.

Images:

NH 66399: USS Crusader (1858-1865)3

 

Captain(s):
Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Peter Hays
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Captain 2
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864): York and Pamunkey Rivers and Chesapeake Bay | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 17, 1864)4

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Second Offensive Order of Battle (June 19-30, 1864):

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Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864)5

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): York River, Va.  | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)6

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864):

York River and Chesapeake Bay | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1 & 16, 1864)7,8

Second Division (Hampton Roads and James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (October 1, 1864)9

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  • Note: On October 1, 1864, this ship is noted as on “York River.”10

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle (October 14-31, 1864):

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)11,12,13

  • Captain: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Peter Hays (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)14,15,16
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  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)17
  • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.18

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 1, 15 & 25, 1865)19,20,21,22,23

  • Captain: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Peter Hays (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)24,25,26,27
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  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)28,29,30,31
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.32,33,34,35

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865): Detached [Where?] | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)36

  • Captain: Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Peter Hays (March 18, 1865)37
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  • Armament: 7 x “guns” (March 18, 1865)38
  • Notes:
    • On March 18, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.39
    • The Crusader is not listed on the April 1 and April 15, 1865 lists of vessels belonging to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.  I am not sure where she went, but it appears she never returned to the Siege of Petersburg during the Ninth Offensive. More research is needed.40,41

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:42

Southern Star, a screw steamer, was chartered by the Navy in October 1858 to accompany a military-diplomatic expedition to Paraguay to settle grievances growing out of an unprovoked attack on Water Witch by Paraguayan forts in 1855. Commissioned 27 October 1858, Commander A. M. Pennock in command, Southern Star sailed 2 November for Asuncion, Paraguay, arriving 25 January 1859. Her mission accomplished, she departed from Montevideo, Uraguay, 22 March to return to Norfolk. Here she was purchased by the Navy and renamed Crusader. She was sent to Philadelphia Navy Yard to be outfitted for naval service under the command of Lieutenant J. N. Maffitt.

After repairs at New York, Crusader put to sea 22 September 1862 to join the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She was diverted to duty in the Chesapeake and inland waters of Virginia and served in this area until the end of the war. She captured five vessels with valuable cargoes and destroyed four others. Crusader was decommissioned at Washington Navy Yard 13 June 1865 and sold there 20 July 1865.

 

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. “DANFS.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html.
      2. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 68
      3. “NH 66399 USS Crusader.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-66000/NH-66399.html. USS Crusader (1858-1865) In a harbor, during the Civil War era. Donation of Mrs. George W.S. Musgrave, 1968. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 66399Catalog #: NH 66399
      4. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      5. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      42. “Crusader I (Screw Steamer).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/crusader-i.html.

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