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USS Glide (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Wooden Stern-wheel Steamer:
Built in 1862 at Shousetown, PA.
Purchased by RADM Porter, at Pittsburgh, PA, 17 November 1862
Commissioned USS Glide, 3 December 1862, at Cairo, IL., Acting LT. Selim E. Woodworth in command
During the Civil War USS Glide was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron
Glide participated in the engagement at Arkansas Post, 11 January 1863
While at Cairo for repairs, 7 February, USS Glide was destroyed by an unexplained fire
Displacement 137 t.
six 24-pdr howitzers
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||Was USS Glide destroyed by a coal torpedo like this one? Confederate saboteur Robert Louden slipped coal torpedoes on to Union War ships during the war. His last victim was the Sultana, with the loss of 1800 lives, after the War as a last hurrah. He was never caught and confessed on his death bed. Glide may have been his first victim. The second known saboteur was Captain Thomas Edgeworth Courtenay from the Confederate Secret Service. His bombs would cause a ships boiler to explode; otherwise the ship would not sink. Robert Louden was known to actually board ships slipping past the nightwatch.
USS Glide (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 7 July 2012
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