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United States Revenue Cutter Service in the Civil War

Discussion in 'Civil War History - The Naval War' started by Borderruffian, Nov 21, 2010.

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    The Harriet Lane looked more like a yacht than a warship or freighter.
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    This happened during Harriet Lanes capture by the CS at the Battle of Galveston.


    Amongst the first men struck down were the gallant Captain Wainwright and Lieutenant Lee, who both fought with desperation and valor. One young son of Captain Wainwright, just ten years old, stood at the cabin door with a revolver in each hand and never ceased firing until he had expended every shot.

    Young Wainwright may well have been one of the youngest combatants of the war. On the opposing side was one of the oldest 69 year old Levi Harby commanding the Texas Maritime Service Vessel Neptune
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    "You must give us bigger guns than that, boys," shouted John McGowan of the U.S. Revenue Marine, as the U.S. Coast Guard was known, at the Confederate gunners, when their cannon ball fell short, ricocheted off the water, and bounded completely over his vessel, "or you'll never hurt us." As if in reply, a Secessionist battery on Morris Island fired a heavier gun. The seaman taking soundings felt the ball slam into the hull below him and frantically scurried for safety. McGowan called after him: "You're much safer where you were! Lightning never strikes twice in the same place!"

    McGowan was commanding a lumbering, unarmed side-wheel freighter manned by merchant seamen but carrying Federal soldiers and military supplies. This ship was far different from the swift, armed revenue cutters in which he had pursued slavers, smugglers, and pirates.

    http://www.uscg.mil/history/articles/Civil_War_Strobridge.asp
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