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In September 1862 LCDR. William Gwin took command of the big ironclad Benton. On 27 December 1862, in a heated engagement with Confederate artillery on the Yazoo River, his ship was seriously damaged and Gwin mortally wounded. LCDR. William Gwin died from his wounds on 3 January 1863. In reporting his death to the Navy Department, Gwin's squadron commander, Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter, remarked: "The country has lost one of its bravest officers." Photo from the collections of the Library of Congress.
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|40k||USS Choctaw and USS Benton on the Western Rivers, circa 1863.
"Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 22 August 1863.
|88k||USS Benton off Natchez, Mississippi, in July 1864.
US Navy photo # NH 56664 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|63k||Wash drawing by F. Muller, circa 1900, depicting USS Benton on the Western Rivers during the Civil War. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
US Navy photo # NH 55828 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|96k||Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1900, depicting USS Benton off Natchez, MS., in July 1864. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
US Navy photo # NH 75623 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|99k||Inboard and outboard drawings prepared at the time USS Benton was converted for Civil War emplacement. "The Iron Clad Gunboat Benton designed and constructed by Jas. B. Eads, St. Louis, Mo. By order of Maj. Genl. J.C. Fremont, U.S.A.. Commanding Western Department -- Sept. 1861." Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Lyle W. Eads, USN (Retired).
US Navy photo # NH 68439 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Bishop, Joshua||24 February 1862 - 15 May 1862|
|02||LT. Phelps, Seth Ledyard||11 May 1862 - 15 September 1862|
|03||LCDR. Gwin, William||15 September 1862 - 3 January 1863 (KIA)|
|04||Acting Master Lord, George P.||3 January 1863 - February 1863|
|05||LCDR. Greer, James Augustine||February 1863 - September 1864|
|06||LCDR. May, Robert L.||September 1864 - 7 November 1864|
|07||LCDR. McCauley, Edward Yorke||7 November 1864 - 20 July 1865|
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