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USS Eastport (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Iron-clad Gunboat-Ram:
  • Built in 1852 at New Albany, IN. as a civilian side-wheel steamer
  • Captured by Union forces at Cerro Gordo, TN., 7 February 1862, while being converted to a Confederate Iron-clad gunboat ram
  • Completed for the Union Army at Cairo, IL.
  • Commissioned USS Eastport in August 1862 , LCDR S. L. Phelps USN, in command
  • USS Eastport was assigned to duty with the Western Flotilla (Army) on the Mississippi River
  • Turned over to the Union Navy, 1 October 1862, and assigned to the Mississippi Squadron (Navy)
  • Eastport served as a convoy and patrol vessel throughout her Naval career taking part in the Red River joint Army-Navy expedition, March 1864
  • On 15 April 1864, near Grand Ecore, LA., Eastport was damaged by a Confederate "torpedo"
  • Final Disposition, destroyed, 26 April 1864, by Union forces to prevent capture by Confederate forces
    Displacement 570 t.(lt) 700 t.(fl)
    Length 280'
    Beam unknown
    Draft 6' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 12-pdr guns
    four 32-pdr guns
    two 30-pdr guns
    Propulsion steam, port and starboard paddlewheels

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    Eastport 99k USS Eastport, reportedly at Helena, Arkansas in 1863.
    Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Historical Commission
    Bill Gonyo
    Eastport 129k Sketch of USS Eastport at anchor.
    Photo courtesy of the Friends of Fort DeRussy, Inc. Arkansas Historical Commission
    Tommy Trampp

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