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USS Fort Hindman
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USS Manitou (1863)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Sidewheel Steamer (Tinclad #13):
  • Purchased, 14 March 1863, as SS James Thompson
  • Commissioned USS Manitou, 23 March 1863
  • During the Civil War USS Manitou was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron in April 1863
    Assigned to patrol the Mississippi and its tributaries
    Headed an expedition up the Little Red River in July 1863, captured Confederate stores/provisions and the ironclad CSS Louisville
    Renamed USS Fort Hindman, 8 November 1863
    Took a Confederate merchantman prize in the Red River 1 March 1864
    Participated in the Red River expedition in April and May 1864
  • Decommissioned, 3 August 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Sold 17 August 1865.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 286 t.
    Length 150'
    Beam 37'
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 8" smoothbores
    four 8" guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Fort Hindman 124k USS Fort Hindman photographed during her Civil War service on the Western Rivers.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61569.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Fort Hindman 156k USS Fort Hindman crew member James K.L. Duncan, Ordinary Seaman, USN. Artwork by Bacon, published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 54, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907. It depicts Ordinary Seaman Duncan throwing a burning cartridge overboard from USS Fort Hindman, after it was set afire by an exploding shell. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in this incident, which took place during an engagement with an enemy battery near Harrisonburg, LA., 2 March 1864. James K.L. Duncan was born at Frankfort, PA, in 1845.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79922.
    Bill Gonyo
    Fort Hindman 149k USS Fort Hindman crew member Hugh Molloy, Ordinary Seaman, USN. Post-Civil War photograph, published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 63, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907. Ordinary Seaman Molloy was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in serving a gun from an exposed position on the forecastle of USS Fort Hindman during an engagement with an enemy battery near Harrisonburg, LA., 2 March 1864.
    Note: The birth date given on this image differs from that published in the book "Medal of Honor -- The Navy", which gives Molloy's date of birth as 1832.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79921.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Manitou Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Fort Hindman Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Vol. LT. Glassford, Henry A.14 March 1863 - 20 May 1863
    02Act. Vol. LT. Selfridge, Thomas O.20 May 1863 - 13 July 1863
    03Act. Vol. LT. Pearce, John3 July 1863 - 20 February 1864
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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