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USS Forest Rose

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Stern-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #9):
  • Built in 1862 at Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 15 November 1862
  • Commissioned USS Forest Rose, 3 December 1862, Acting Master George W. Brown in command
    *(Acting Master George W. Brown was placed under “close arrest” on 18 Feb 1863 for unspecified charges not listed in the correspondence, but cleared by his superiors and returned to
    command of the Forest Rose. He was a flat bottom pilot prior to the war and it was indicated he was unsuited for command of a steamer. Apparently the charges were unfounded. He went on to
    command other Navy vessels during the Civil War and promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant.)
  • During the Civil War USS Forest Rose was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron and participated in the following actions/campaigns:
  • General patrol and dispatch duties on the Mississippi River and tributaries
  • Yazoo River expedition, 4 to 11 January 1863, attack of Fort Hindman on the Arkansas River
  • Yazoo Pass Expedition in February 1863
  • Red River Expedition, 5 to 15 May 1864
  • Decommissioned, 7 August 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Final Disposition, sold, 17 August 1865, fate unknown
    Displacement 260 t.
    Length 155'
    Beam 32' 3"
    Draft 5'
    Speed 6 kts
    Complement unknown
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    two 30-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Forest Rose 118k USS Forest Rose ("Tinclad" #9) alongside two Navy fuel barges, during her Civil War operations on the Western Rivers theater.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61566.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

    USS Forest Rose
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Brown, George W.3 December 1862 - 18 February 1863
    *Act. LT. Johnston, John Vincent (temporary)19 February 1863 - 24 February 1863
    01Act. Master Brown, George W.24 February 1863 - 30 August 1863
    02Act. LT. Wright, Charles A.30 August 1863 - 28 December 1863
    03Act. LT. Johnston, John Vincent31 December 1863 - 20 June 1864
    04Act. Master Rogers, George W.22 June 1864 - 9 September 1864
    05Act. LT. Gould, Abraham N.9 September 1864 - 7 August 1865
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