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USS Undine (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Stern-wheel Gunboat (Tinclad #55):
  • Built in 1863 as the river steamer Ben Gaylord at Cincinnati, OH.
  • Purchased by the Union Navy at Cincinnati, 7 March 1864
  • Commissioned in April 1864, Acting Master John L. Bryant in command
  • During the Civil War USS Undine was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron
  • Partially sunk by a snag off Clifton, TN., 25 July 1864, refloated 31 July 1864
  • Took part in an action at Eastport, MS., 10 to 12 October 1864
  • Ambushed by Confederate forces near Paris Landing, TN., 30 October 1864, forced to surrender for lack of ammunition and a disabled engine
  • Confederate forces put the captured Undine into service immediately after capture
  • Disabled when engaged by Union forces, 2 November
  • Final Disposition, burned by Confederate forces, 4 November 1864, to prevent recapture by Union gunboats
    Displacement 179 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 20-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Undine 44k Artist version of USS Undine underway. Aryeh Wetherhorn

    USS Undine (I)
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