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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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 224 t.
    Length 126'
    Beam 37'
    Depth 6' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 76
    Armament
    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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