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Wooden Side-wheel Gunboat (Tinclad #36):
Built, date and location unknown
Purchased at Dubuque, Iowa, 13 June 1863
Fitted out at Cairo, IL. and commissioned USS Peosta, 2 October 1863, LT. Thomas E. Smith in command
During the Civil War USS Peosta was assigned to the Naval forces on the Tennessee River
Decommissioned, 7 August 1865, at Mound City, IL.
Sold, 17 August 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 233 t.
Length 151' 2"
Beam 34' 3"
Depth 5' 2"
three 30-pdr Parrott rifles
two 12-pdr smoothbores
six 24-pdr howitzers
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Peosta: Native American Mesquaki Chief. He was the chief of the Mesquaki tribe that was located in which is now Dubuque County, Iowa. In 1788, European
explorer Julien Dubuque was one of the first white men to settle in the area. After Dubuque received permission to mine lead in the area, he became close friends with
Chief Peosta and supposedly married his daughter Potosa. The town of Peosta, Iowa, is named in memory of Chief Peosta. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
Burial: Julien Dubuque National Historic Site, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa
||USS Peosta photographed on the Western Rivers, during 1864-65. Note identification number "36" painted on her pilothouse.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42896.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 13 October 2017
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