The USS Fear Not was purchased by the Navy 20 July 1861 and commissioned 28 August 1861 with Acting Master E. H. Faucon commanding.
She was assigned to the West Gulf Squadron as a coal and supply ship, initially off Ship Island and later off New Orleans after the fall of the city. At New Orleans, Fear Not also served as a convalescent ship for NH New Orleans.
After the war, she was used to transport ordnance to Pensacola and to act as a guard ship until May 1866 when Fear Not was ordered north to be decommissioned. She was decommissioned at Boston 18 July 1866 and sold 3 October 1866.
The ship's name is alternatively seen as spelled "Fearnaught" and "Fearnot" in documents.
|Name||Rate/Rank||Date of Death||Age|
|✚||Charles Aurons||Landsman||12 July 1865|
|✚||Frederick Belden||Acting Master's Mate||23 September 1863|
|✚||John Y. Cole||Ordinary Seaman||24 February 1865|
|✚ ⋂||John H. Conklin||Landsman||30 June 1865|
|✚||John Daffron||Ordinary Seaman||21 January 1863|
|✚||Christopher Davis||Landsman||9 January 1865|
|Samuel Holden||Landsman||31 October 1861||26|
|✚ ⋂||Samuel "Sandy" Lewis||Landsman||26 April 1865||19|
|J. Mick Marshall||-||2 October 1864|
|✚ ⋂ ✎||John Mathias||Seaman||24 August 1865||39|
|Charles McPherson||-||11 April 1865|
|✚ ⋂||Henry Peer||Landsman||11 April 1865|
|✚||Frank Poindexter||3rd Class Boy (Contraband)||16 October 1865|
|✚ ⋂||Mark Rivers||2nd Class Boy (Contraband)||2 July 1864|
|Sherman Roger||Landsman||2 February 1865||26|
|〰||Henry Shampine (alias John Wilson)||Ship's Cook||27 July 1865||23|
|✚||Charles H. Snow||Surgeon's Steward||22 September 1863||24|
|✚ ⋂||Washington Taylor||3rd Class Boy (Contraband)||25 September 1863||33|
|Thomas C. Tookey||-||5 October 1864|
|William H. Tummey||-||20 October 1864|
|Jackson Turner||2nd Class Boy (Contraband)||9 December 1863|
|William Watson||1st Class Boy||19 September 1865|