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Career (US)
Name: USS Aaron V. Brown
Namesake: Aaron V. Brown
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
In service: circa December 1861
Out of service: circa May 1864
Struck: 1864 (est.)
Homeport: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fate: sold, 1864
General characteristics
Displacement: Unknown
Length: Unknown
Beam: Unknown
Draft: Unknown
Propulsion: Unknown
Speed: Unknown
Complement: Unknown
Armament: Unknown

USS Aaron V. Brown (1861) was a revenue cutter in the service of the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was named for United States Postmaster General Aaron V. Brown.

Pre-Civil War service

Prior to the Civil War, Brown, whose records have for the most part been lost, operated on the Great Lakes from her base at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the national crisis deepened after Abraham Lincoln was elected President, Brown was transferred to the Atlantic and, in company with four other cutters, arrived at Boston late in December 1861.

Civil War service

Following a brief assignment at Salem, Massachusetts, she was repaired, provisioned for a deployment in Southern waters, and sailed for the sounds of North Carolina. Commanded by Captain John Mason, Jr., USRCS, she served in the shoals of those dangerous and bitterly contested waters until May 1864, when she proceeded to New York harbor to be sold.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.


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