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USS Neosho (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Neosho Class River Monitor:
  • Laid down in mid-1862 by James B. Eads, Union Iron Works, Carondelet, MO. as Neosho a single-turreted, wooden-hulled, river monitor protected by iron plate armor
  • Launched, 18 February 1863
  • Commissioned 13 May 1863 as USS Neosho at Cairo, IL., CDR. John C. Febiger in command
  • Completed 1 July 1863
  • During the Civil War USS Neosho participated in the following operations/engagements:
    Patrol of the Mississippi and tributaries clearing the area of Southern raiders
    Red River expedition, 12 March to 22 May 1864
  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1865, at Mound City, IL., remaining in ordinary
  • Renamed Vixen 15 June 1869
  • Renamed Osceola 2 August 1869
  • Final Disposition, sold at Mound City to David Campbell 17 August 1873, fate unknown
    Displacement 523 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 45'
    Draft 4' 6"
    Depth 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 100
    two 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
    Propulsion steam

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    Neosho 50k Watercolor by Dr. Oscar Parkes of USS Neosho. Courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, London, England, 1936.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60617
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Neosho 157k Tug Dahlia (left) and USS Neosho (right) moored to the river bank above the falls at Alexandria, Louisiana, during the Red River campaign, circa May 1864. Courtesy of Frederick Way, Jr., 1941.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55972
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Neosho 217k "Red River Expedition, March-May 1864" Watercolor by James Alden, depicting the monitors USS Neosho and USS Osage running through a break in the Red River dam to pass safely over the rapids, 9 May 1864. This passage took advantage of an accidental break in the dam, which was being built by Army engineers to raise the river level enough to permit passage of all the vessels trapped above. Four gunboats passed through at this time: USS Lexington (which went first), USS Neosho (second), USS Fort Hindman and USS Osage.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # 91999-A-KN (Color) from the collection of CDR. George M. Bache, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    Neosho 50k "The United States Monitor 'Neosho' Engaging Three Rebel Batteries on the Cumberland, Below Nashville, Dec. 6, 1864" - A line engraving, after a sketch by Adam Rohe, published in "Harper's Weekly", 31 December 1864, depicting the action near Bell's Mills, TN.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58894
    US Navy History and Heritage Command

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