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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Glance Type: Steam Tug Tonnage: 81
Length: 75’ Beam: 17’ Draught: Loaded: 8’, Light: 6’6”
Speed: Max: 8 knots, Avg.: 6 Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: Apparently no weapons.
Namesake: A rapid oblique movement; an oblique or indirect hit or thrust.

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Captain(s):
Acting Ensign Henry Wheeler
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Acting Master’s Mate William H. Bolton
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present (at Philadelphia, PA)3
  • Captain: Acting Ensign Henry Wheeler (early June 1864)4

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

  • Not Present (at Boston, MA)5

Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864):

Not Present (at Boston, MA) (July 1-21, 1864)6

Arrived at Hampton Roads, Va. on July 22, 18647

York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864)8

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • Glance arrived at Hampton Roads, Va., on July 20, 1864 for service as a yard tug until July 13, 1865 when ordered to Philadelphia for identical duty.9
    • Note: On July 31, 1864, this ship is noted as a “tug.”10

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): York River, Virginia | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)11

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: Glance served as a yard tug at Hampton Roads, Va. during this time.12

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

York River and Chesapeake Bay | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1 & 16 and October 1, 1864)13,14,15

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • On September 1 & 16, 1864, this ship is noted as a “tug.”16,17
    • Glance served as a yard tug at Hampton Roads, Va. during this time.18

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Note: Glance served as a yard tug at Hampton Roads, Va. during this time.19

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864):

York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1 and December 5, 1864)20,21

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 15, 1864)22

  • Captain:
    • Acting Master’s Mate William H. Bolton (November 1 and December 5, 1864)23,24
    • Acting Ensign Henry Wheeler (December 15, 1864)25
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.26
    • Glance served as a yard tug at Hampton Roads, Va. during this time.27

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865):

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)28,29,30,31

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)32

  • Captain: Acting Ensign Henry Wheeler (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)33,34,35,36
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
  • Notes:
    • On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.37,38,39,40
    • Glance served as a yard tug at Hampton Roads, Va. during this time.41

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865): James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)42,43,44

  • Captain: Acting Ensign Henry Wheeler (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)45,46,47
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 1 x “gun” (April 15, 1865)48
  • Notes:
    • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.49,50,51
    • Glance served as a yard tug at Hampton Roads, Va. during this time.52

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:53

Glance was built in 1863 as the merchant tug Glide by Reany, Archibald & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa.; purchased by Rear Admiral S. H. Stringham at Boston 2 June 1864, and placed under command of Acting Ensign H. Wheeler.

Glance arrived at Hampton Roads, Va., on 20 July 1864 for service as yard tug until 13 July 1865 when ordered to Philadelphia for identical duty. She continued yard tug duties at Philadelphia until sold on 27 September 1883 to Mr. W. H. Swift, Boston, Mass.

 

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. 95
      3. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      4. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      5. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      6. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      7. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      9. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      12. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      18. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      19. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      27. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      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 XII, pp. 5455
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      41. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      46. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      47. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      48. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      49. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      50. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      51. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      52. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.
      53. “Glance.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/glance.html.

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