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USS Cricket


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Stern-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #6):
  • Built at Pittsburgh, PA., date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 18 November 1862, at Cairo, IL.
  • Commissioned USS Cricket, 19 January 1863, Acting Master A. R. Langhorne in command
  • During the Civil War USS Cricket was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron and participated in the following actions/campaigns:
    Patrolled off Memphis, TN. from 4 February to 7 April 1863
    Patrolled the Mississippi from the White River Station between Memphis and the Arkansas River, April to August 1863
    White River and Little Red River expedition, capturing CSS Kaskaskia and CSS Thomas Sugg, 14 August 1863
    Assigned to the Red River Station participating in an expedition up the Black and Ouachita Rivers, 29 February to 5 March 1864
    Out of commission, 31 May 1864, for repairs from damage sustained during the Black and Ouachita Rivers expedition
    Recommissioned, 13 August 1864, assigned to the White River Station
    Decommissioned, 30 June 1865
  • Final Disposition, sold, 17 August 1865, at Mound City, IL., fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 178 t.
    Length 154' 1"
    Beam 28' 2"
    Draft 4'
    Speed 6 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament six 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Cricket 137k USS Cricket ("Tinclad" #6) tied up at a Western Rivers city, during the last years of the Civil War, with a barge astern and a boat alongside. Note the decorative star suspended between her smokestacks.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55524.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Cricket 109k USS Cricket ("Tinclad" #6) tied up at a Western Rivers city, during the last years of the Civil War, with a barge astern and a river steamboat in the distance. Note the identification number ("6") painted on her pilothouse.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63377.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Cricket 208k "Attack on the 'Cricket' by 2,500 Confederates, Under General Green" Engraving from Porter's "History of the Civil War", page 522, depicting USS Cricket engaged in a running battle with Confederate troops and artillery along the Red River on 26 April 1864. Cricket was the flagship of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter during this action.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 42369.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

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