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USS Baron De Kalb
USS St. Louis (II) (1861 - 1862)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Cairo Class Sternwheel casemate Iron-clad River Gunboat :
Built in 1861, for the War Department as the sternwheel casemate gunboat St. Louis at Carondelet, MO., by James B. Eads
Launched, 12 October 1861
Commissioned, USS St. Louis, January 1862, LT. L. Paulding in command
Renamed USS Baron De Kalb, 8 September 1862
1 October 1862 custody transferred to the US Navy
During the Civil War USS St. Louis / USS Baron De Kalb participated in the following actions:
6 February 1862 capture of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River
14 to 16 February capture of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River
April and June operations against Fort Pillow
21 to 28 December the Yazoo Expedition
10-11 January 1863 the capture of Arkansas Post
12 to 14 January the White River Expedition
20 February to 5 April Yazoo Pass Expedition
11 to 13 March the action at Fort Pemberton
29 April to 2 May the action at Haines' Bluff
20 to 23 May action at Yazoo City, MS.
24 to 31 May the Yazoo River Expedition
Final Disposition, 13 July 1863 sunk by a torpedo in the Yazoo River
Displacement 512 t.
Beam 51' 2"
seven 32-pdrs smooth bore guns
two 8" gun smooth bore guns
four 42-pdr rifles
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||Wood-cut engraving "WAR IN THE WEST--THE NEW GUNBOAT FLOTILLA, COMMODORE FOOTE BUILT AT CARONDELET MISSOURI, FOR THE DESCENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI", published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated" December 1861,
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Transport, name unknown
Transport, name unknown
USS St. Louis
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||Line engraving by George Perine & Co., New York, circa 1865 of USS Baron De Kalb
US Navy photo # NH 78178 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
||Watercolor by Oscar Parkes of USS Baron De Kalb. Courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, London, England, 1936.
US Navy photo # NH 59547 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
USS St. Louis / USS Baron De Kalb
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