Borden, Nathaniel A.
Place of Birth: Nantucket, Massachusetts
Height: 5' 6"
Place of Enlistment: New Bedford
Date of Enlistment: Jul 31, 1861
Term of Enlistment: 3
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U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profilesabout Nathaniel A Borden
Name: Nathaniel A Borden
Age at enlistment: 24
Enlistment Date: 31 Jul 1861
Rank at enlistment: Seaman
Enlistment Place: New Bedford, MA
State Served: UN
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in the UN Navy on 31 Jul 1861.
Mustered out on 15 Aug 1864.
Substitute to the UN Navy on 06 Sep 1864.
Mustered out on 30 Sep 1865.
Birth Date: abt 1837
Sources: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War
U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about Nathaniel A Borden
Name: Nathaniel A Borden
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 69534
Certification Number: 25019
Fiche Number: 24737
The first USS Calypso was a steamer captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.
Calypso was used by the Navy as a gunboat, and was ordered to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.
Calypso captured by Union Navy forces
Calypso, an armed streamer, was captured 11 June 1863 off Wilmington, North Carolina, by Florida; purchased from the prize court 12 October 1863; and commissioned 24 September 1863, Acting Master F. D. Stuart in command.
Civil War service
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade
Calypso joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington, North Carolina, and on 24 October 1863, took her first prize off Frying Pan Shoals, the schooner Herald. Returning to Norfolk, Virginia, in November for repairs, the steamer was back on duty off Wilmington 31 March 1864.
In June she joined with Nansemond in sailing to New River Inlet to support the Union Army in an expedition to cut the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. The troops were successfully landed from Nansemond in boats from both ships on 21 June, and through the next days, Calypso's boats patrolled up the river and carried supplies to the Army. When Confederate opposition prevented the linkup of the landing party with a force moving overland, Calypso swiftly evacuated the soldiers.
Patrolling for blockade runners from the Bahama Islands
Through the summer, Calypso patrolled the track of ships attempting to run the blockade from Nassau, Bahamas, and on 28 October 1864, after a long chase and last minute aid from Eolus and Fort Jackson, took the steamer Lady Sterling. Calypso was sent north with her prize 6 November, and after receiving repairs at New York City, returned late in spring 1865 to cruising from Chesapeake Bay to the coast of Florida.
Post-war decommissioning and sale
She was decommissioned at the Washington Navy Yard 15 August 1865, and was sold at New York City 30 November 1865.
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