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USS Covington (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Side-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #25):
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Purchased in February 1863, from Samuel Wiggins at Cincinnati, OH.
  • Fitted out for naval service at Cairo, IL.
  • Commissioned USS Covington in February 1863, Acting Volunteer LT, J. S. Kurd in command
  • During the Civil War USS Covington was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron
  • Conducted convoy services for Army transports and other ships in the Tennessee River
  • Reassigned to the Mississippi River for convoy duty on that river and the White, Black, and Red Rivers
  • 27 April 1864 while on convoy duty on the Red River attacked by Confederate forces, damaged, abandoned and burned by her crew
    Displacement 224 t.
    Length 126'
    Beam 37'
    Depth 6' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 76
    four 24-pdr smoothbores
    two 30-pdr rifles
    two 50-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Covington 69k USS Covington moored to the riverbank at a Mississippi River area city, during the Civil War.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55502.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

    USS Covington (I)
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