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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Huron Type: Screw Steamer Tonnage: 507
Length: 158’ Beam: 28’ Draught: 10’6”
Speed: Max: 10.5, Avg.: 7 knots Complement: Not Listed. Class: Not Listed.
Armament: August 6, 1864: 1 11-inch Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 4 24-pdr. howitzers
Namesake: Center lake in the Great Lakes.

Images:

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NH 53408: USS Huron (1862-1869).4

 

Captain(s):
Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr.
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Captain 2
Captain Image

Captain 3
Captain Image

 

First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present6

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

  • Not Present7

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

  • Not Present8
  • Armament: 1 x 11-inch Dahlgren Smoothbore, 1 x 30-pdr. Parrott rifle, 4 x 24-pdr. howitzers (August 6, 1864)9

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

  • Not Present (September 1 & 16 and October 1, 1864)10,11,12

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

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

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

Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. (repairing) (November 1, 1864)13

Not Present (away in NC) (December 5 & 15, 1864)14,15

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. (November 1 and December 5, 1864)16,17,18
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 5 x “guns” (December 15, 1864)19
  • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.20

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

Not Present (away in NC) (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)21,22,23,24

James River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)25

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)26,27,28,29
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 5 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)30,31,32,33
  • Note: January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.34,35,36,37

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) (in Pagan Creek April 1 & 15)38,39,40

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)41,42,43
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 5 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)44,45,46
  • Note: On March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.47,48,49

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:50

The first Huron, a schooner-rigged screw steamer, was launched 21 September 1861 by Paul Curtis, Boston under Navy contract; and commissioned 8 January 1862 at Boston Navy Yard, Lt. John Downes in command…

[SOPO Editor’s Note: The ship’s earlier Civil War activity has been omitted here.]

The veteran blockader made two more captures in December 1863-January 1864, and later in 1864 moved north to join the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, whose main attention was turned to Wilmington, N.C., and its powerful defender, Fort Fisher. During the first attack on the fort 24 to 25 December 1864, Huron took part in the bombardment which was to cover the storming by Army troops. This first assault aborted, but preparations were quickly made for a second joint operation in January 1865. Again Huron provided a part of the devastating naval bombardment; and, with the help of a landing party of 2.000 Sailors and Marines, the Army assault forces captured Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865, effectually closing Wilmington to blockade runners. Then, during the final months of the war, Huron took part in combined operations against the city itself, bombarding Forts Anderson, and St Philip in February.

After Appomattox, responding to the attempted escape of President Davis of the Confederate States, Huron steamed to Key West in an effort to capture Confederate officials bound for Havana or Mexico by water. She arrived 2 May [1865], but Davis was captured near Iwinville, Ga., 10 May 1865.

Huron served on South American station after the Civil War, returning to New York and decommissioning 8 October 1868. She was sold at New York 14 June 1869.

 

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. 105
      3. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XIV, p. 440
      4. “NH 53408 USS Huron (1862-1869).” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-53000/NH-53408.html. Title: USS Huron (1862-1869) Description: Dressed with flags, with the Italian flag at her main peak, probably during her post-Civil War service. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 53408
      5. Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. image.  MOLLUS-Mass Civil War Photograph Collection, Vol. 85, Page 4272L.  United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 105
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      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, pp. 192194
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      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 XI, pp. 398400
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      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. 9394
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      46. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      47. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      48. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      49. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      50. “Huron I (ScStr).” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/huron-i.html.

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