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USS Tuscumbia (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Screw Gunboat:
  • Built in 1862 by Joseph Brown, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Launched 2 December 1862
  • Commissioned USS Tuscumbia, 12 March 1863, at Cairo, IL., LCDR. James W. Shirk in command
  • During the Civil War USS Tuscumbia participated in the following actions / expeditions and campaigns:
    Assisted in the recapture of Fort Heiman, on the Tennessee River, 12 to 14 March 1863
    Supported amphibious operations against Vicksburg
    Attack on the Confederate works at Grand Gulf, 29 April 1863, suffering five casualties and put out of action, taking 81 hits
    Fired upon Vicksburg batteries, 19 to 22 May 1863
    Laid up at Memphis, TN. in November 1863
    Reactived in May 1864, assigned to patrol duty from Cairo, IL, to the head of the Tennessee River.
    Inactivated in February 1865 at Mound City, IL.
  • Sold at auction at Mound City to W. K. Adams, 29 November 1865
  • Final Disposition, abandoned by her owners in 1867, fate unknown
    Displacement 915 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft 7'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    three 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    Propulsion steam

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    Tuscumbia 71k USS Tuscumbia in mid-stream on the Western Rivers, circa 1863.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49800.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Tuscumbia 62k USS Tuscumbia moored to the shore on the Western Rivers, circa 1863.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49998.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Tuscumbia 123k USS Tuscumbia tied up with other ships, on the Western Rivers, circa 1863. USS Linden("Tinclad" # 10) is moored outboard of Tuscumbia. Two mortar boats, one with a 13-inch mortar on board, are inboard. Note damage to the rear of Tuscumbia's starboard paddle box.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55214.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Choctaw 48k "Attack on Grand Gulf," 29 April 1863, from Harper's Weekly.
    The attack by USS Benton,
    USS Lafayette,
    USS Tuscumbia,
    USS Carondelet,
    USS Louisville,
    USS Mound City, and
    USS Pittsburgh.
    Tommy Trampp
    Benton 155k "Battle of Grand Gulf, First position, R. Ad. D.D. Porter Commanding". Engraving published in Rear Admiral Henry Walke's Naval Scenes and Reminiscences of the Civil War in the United States ... (1877), depicting U.S. Navy ironclads engaging Confederate batteries at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, 29 April 1863. US ships present, as identified on the print, are (from left-center to right):
    USS Benton,
    USS Tuscumbia,
    USS Pittsburgh,
    USS Lafayette,
    USS Louisville,
    USS Baron de Kalb, (Identified in the engraving as St. Louis) and
    USS Carondelet,.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1852
    Robert Hurst

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