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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Morse Type: Sidewheel Gunboat Tonnage: 514 (or 513)
Length: 143’ Beam: 33’ Draught: 8’6”
Speed: 9 (or 8) knots Complement: Class:
Armament: April 1, June ?, 1864 and June 5, 1865: 2 9″guns (presumably Dahlgren Smoothbores), 2 100-pder. Parrott rifles, 2 24-pdrs
Namesake: Not Listed.

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Captain(s):
Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Babcock
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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 (at least June 14 and 17, 1864)3,4

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Babcock (June 14, 1864)5
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 2 x 9″guns (presumably Dahlgren Smoothbores), 2 x 100-pder. Parrott rifles, 2 x 24-pdrs (June ?, 1864)6

Second Offensive Order of Battle (June 19-30, 1864): York River, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (June 23, 1864)7,8

  • Captain: Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Babcock (June 20 and 23, 1864)9,10
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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)11

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864): York River, Virginia | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (August 17, 1864)12

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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, 1864)13

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  • Note: On September 1, 1864, this ship is noted as “ordered to Baltimore for new boilers Sept. 1, 1864.”14

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

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

  • Not Present (repairing in Baltimore)15,16,17

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

  • Not Present (repairing at Baltimore, and then no longer listed.)18,19,20,21,22

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

  • Not Present (Not Listed and apparently on the Rappahannock River in March 1865)23,24,25,26

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:28

Morse, a wooden sidewheel ferryboat built at New York in 1861, was purchased by the Navy at New York as Marion 7 November 1861, and commissioned 9 November 1861, Acting Master Peter Hays in command.

Morse arrived Hampton Roads 20 November 1861 to join the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron…

After searching out torpedoes on Purtan Bay in February 1864, Morse joined General Wister’s campaign on the Mattapony River, attacking King and Queen Courthouse. One thousand infantry went ashore from the Union ships at Sheppar’s Landing 13 March [1864]. After a feint attack on West Point in May [1864], Morse evacuated troops from that point. After scouting duty throughout the spring and summer, Morse joined the Potomac Flotilla later in the winter.

Morse relieved Delaware on the Rappahannock in March 1865, aiding the Army in its efforts to take Fort Lowry. She decommissioned and went to the Washington Navy Yard 21 May [1865]. Morse was sold there at public auction to the East Boston Ferry Co., 20 July [1865]. Redocumented Lincoln 12 December [1865], she continued to serve American commerce until abandoned in 1885.

 

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. 151
      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, Series 1, Volume X, p. 148
      5. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume X, p. 148
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 151
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume X, p. 198
      8. “Rebel Attack at White House.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), June 24, 1864, p. 1, col. 2
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume X, p. 198
      10. “Rebel Attack at White House.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), June 24, 1864, p. 1, col. 2
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      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. 410412
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      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. 398400
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      26. “Morse.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/m/morse.html.
      27. “Rebel Attack at White House.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), June 24, 1864, p. 1, col. 2
      28. “Morse.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/m/morse.html.

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