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Milwaukee Class Monitor: Displacement: 1,300 tons. Dimensions: 229 x 56 x 6 feet/69.8 x 17.07 x 1.83 meters. Propulsion: HNC steam engines, 7 boilers, 4 shafts, 9 knots. Crew: 120. Armor: Iron: 3 inch sides, .5 inch deck, 8 inch turrets. Armament: 2 dual turrets, each with 2x11 inch Dahlgren smoothbore.

Operational and Building Data: Double-turreted monitor Kickapoo,contracted to G. B. Allen & Co.; construction subcontracted to Union Iron Works, Carondelet, MO. Contracted 27 May 1862, launched 12 March 1864, commissioned 8 July 1864. Operated on the Mississippi for several months, then exclusively in the area of Mobile, AL. Decommissioned to reserve 6 July 1865. Renamed Cyclops, 15 June 1869, then Kewaydin, 10 August 1869.
Fate: Sold 12 September 1874 and subsequently scrapped.
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Milwaukee 112k This drawing of the Milwaukee class was submitted to the Navy department by James B. Eads as part of a proposal for warship construction. The ships generally followed this drawing as completed. However, one boiler was added in the middle pair and the pilothouse aft of the forward turret, designed by Eads as a truncated cone, was substantially altered. Photo & text courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 38, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
Kickapoo 60k Kickapoo appears here probably prior to her transfer to Admiral Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron in July 1864. An interesting point is that the Ead's turret forward is outwardly identical to the Ericsson turret aft. Text courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 49, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 64090.
Kickapoo 41k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the Mobile Bay area, Alabama, in March 1865, showing the Kickapoo with an anti-mine "torpedo rake" mounted over her bow. Copied from Francis T. Miller's "Photographic History of the Civil War", Volume 6, page 319, (published in 1911). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 66507.
Kickapoo 109k Color lithograph by J.H. Bufford after an original drawing by William Jefferson, circa 1864. It is entitled "The United Stated Iron Clad Monitor 'Kickapoo' of the Miss. Squadron. David G. Woods, Commanding, September 1864" and is dedicated to Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter by William Jefferson. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 63187-KN.
Kickapoo 104k Oil painting depicting the Kickapoo during the Civil War. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 1730.
Battle of Mobile Bay 145k "The Siege of Mobile--Wreck of the Osage and the Monitor Milwaukee." Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 29 April 1865, depicting Osage striking a mine and sinking near Spanish Fort on 29 March 1865. The wreck of Milwaukee, which had been sunk by a mine on the previous day, is in the center middle distance. The twin-turret monitors at right are two of the following: Winnebago, Chickasaw and Kickapoo. Ships in the right distance are "Double-Ender" and "Tinclad" gunboats also engaged in attacking the Confederate-held Spanish Fort. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59155.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Monitor National Marine Santuary, NOAA.
Tour the Wreck of the Monitor.

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