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Civil War Medal
Built in 1854, as the wooden side-wheel steamer SS Gray Cloud at Elizabeth, PA.
Gray Cloud operated on the Mississippi River and its tributaries from St. Louis
Seized at New Orleans in May 1862 for the US Army by General B. F. Butler, named Kinsman
Renamed USS Kinsman (also known as General Kinsman), the side-wheel steamer operated for the Army, Acting Master George Wiggen in command
Transferred to the Navy 30 September 1862 of 1 January 1863 (records are not clear on transfer date)
During the Civil War USS Kinsman
Participated in action against Confederate ironclad gunboat CSS J. A. Cotton, 3 November 1862
Participated in the capture of steamer SS A. B. Seaer the night of 3 November
Captured and burned steamers SS Osprey and SS J. P. Smith, 8 November 1862
Participated in the attack of Southern defenses at Bayou Teche, 14 January 1863
Final Disposition, while transporting troops, 23 February 1863 in Berwick Bay, near Brashear City, LA. USS Kinsman sunk with six men reported missing
Displacement 245 t.
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||"The Fight at Corney's Bridge, Bayou Teche, Louisiana, and Destruction of the Rebel Gun-boat 'Cotton,', January 14, 1863."
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, showing the Confederate gunboat CSS J.A. Cotton engaging Federal gunboats, as Confederate troops fire from the shore. U.S. Navy ships in this engagement were
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 14 February 2014
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