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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Harcourt Type: Screw Tug Tonnage: 75
Length: 66’ Beam: 16’3” Draught: Forward: 6’6”, Aft: 7’9”
Speed: Max: 13 knots, Avg.: 9 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: Apparently no armament.
Namesake: Former named retained.

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Captain(s):
Acting Master’s Mate S. Eldridge
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Captain 2
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Captain 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present3
  • Note: The first Harcourt, a screw tug, was purchased by the Navy at New York from a private owner 14 June 1864.4

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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  • Armament:
  • Note: On July 31, 1864, this ship is noted as “ordered to Beaufort, N. C.”6

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864):

  • Not Present (away in NC) (pilot tug in Beaufort, NC)7

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

  • Not Present (away in NC) (pilot tug in Beaufort, NC) (September 1 & 16 and October 1, 1864)8,9,10

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

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

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. (repairing) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1, 1864)11

Norfolk, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (December 5 & 15, 1864)12,13

  • Captain: Not Listed (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)14,15,16
  • Crew Strength:
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865): Norfolk, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 1, 15 & 25, 1865)17,18,19,20,21

  • Captain: Not Listed. (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)22,23,24,25
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  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.26,27,28,29

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)30,31,32

  • Captain:
    • Not Listed. (March 18, 1865)33
    • Acting Master’s Mate S. Eldridge (April 1 & 15, 1865)34,35
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  • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.36,37,38

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:39

The first Harcourt, a screw tug, was purchased by the Navy at New York from a private owner 14 June 1864.

Her first commanding officer was Acting Ensign J. A. Chadwick.

After a brief period as dispatch boat at Hampton Roads, Harcourt was ordered 31 July 1864 to Beaufort, N.C., to serve the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as a pilot tug. She remained at Beaufort carrying pilots to and from ships in the harbor until returning to Norfolk for repairs in November 1864. She later spent a brief period as a patrol boat on the James River in March 1865, and in April assisted in towing the hulk of former C.S.S. Albemarle, the formidable ram sunk in Albemarle Sound 27 October 1864 by Lt. W. B. Cushing, to Norfolk Navy Yard, where she arrived 27 April. Harcourt performed various tug duties in Hampton Roads until placed in ordinary 20 November 1865. She was sold at Norfolk 16 April 1867.

 

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. 98
      3. “Harcourt I (ScTug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/harcourt-i.html.
      4. “Harcourt I (ScTug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/harcourt-i.html.
      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. 324325
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      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. 398400
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      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. 9394
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      39. “Harcourt I (ScTug).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/harcourt-i.html.

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