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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Henry Brinker Type: Screw Steamer Tonnage: 108
Length: 82’ Beam: 26’7” Draught: 7’
Speed: Max: 7 knots, Avg.: 5 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: September 30, 1864: 1 30-pdr., 2 heavy 12-pdrs.
Namesake: A former name retained.

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Captain(s):
Acting Ensign J. H. Kerens
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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)3

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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): Fourth Division (James River) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (July 31, 1864)4

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  • Note: On July 31, 1864, this ship is noted as “repairing at Norfolk.”5

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

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  • Note: On August 17, 1864, this ship is noted as “repairing at Norfolk.”7

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864): Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. (repairing) | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (September 1 & 16, 1864)8,9

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  • Armament: 1 x 30-pdr., 2 x heavy 12-pdrs. (September 30, 1864)10
  • Notes:
    • On September 1, 1864, this ship is noted as “repairing, July 1, 1864.”11
    • On September 16, 1864, this ship is noted as “Second Division, repairing.”12

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

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864): James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)13,14,15

  • Captain: Acting Ensign J. H. Kerens (November 1 and December 5 & 15, 1864)16,17,18
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  • Armament: 3 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)19
  • Notes:
    • On November 12, 1864, this ship was patrolling in the James River at “Harrison’s Landing” and was classified as a “small propeller” driven vessel.20
    • On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.21

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

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 1 & 15 and February 15, 1865)22,23,24

Ordered to Sounds of North Carolina | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 15, 1865)25

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)26

  • Captain: Acting Ensign J. H. Kerens (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)27,28,29,30
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  • Armament: 3 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)31,32,33,34
  • Notes:
    • On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.35,36,37,38
    • I am unsure exactly when the Henry Brinker left for the Sounds of North Carolina.  More research is needed.

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865):

  • Not Present (Sounds of North Carolina)39,40,41

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

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Siege of Petersburg Involvement:42

Henry Brinker was built in 1861 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was purchased at New York by the Navy 29 October 1861 from her owner, Henry Brinker. She arrived Hampton Roads 15 December 1861 and commissioned that day, Acting Master John E. Giddings commanding. After sailing to Baltimore 24 December, Henry Brinker arrived Hatteras Inlet 10 January 1862 to begin her duties as a unit of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron…

Henry Brinker continued her operations in the Sound until ordered back to Hampton Roads in November 1863 for repairs. Stopping at Hampton Roads, she continued to Baltimore, where she repaired until 9 April 1864, when she was assigned as a tender to Minnesota at Newport News, Va. Remaining inactive at Newport News until June [1864], Henry Brinker was sent up the Pamunkey River to White House, Va., 23 June [1864] to support the Army in local operations. After briefly rendering fire support, the ship returned to Yorktown.

Henry Brinker returned to Hampton Roads to repair 1 July 1864, and remained there until decommissioned 29 June 1865. She was sold 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. 101
      3. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      4. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      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. 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, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 101
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      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. 192194
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, p. 61
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      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 XII, pp. 5455
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      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. “Henry Brinker.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/henry-brinker.html.

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