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USS Volunteer (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built at Monongahela, PA., in 1862 for commercial service
  • Confederate transport SS Volunteer was captured 25 November 1863 off Natchez Island, MS. by Acting Volunteer LT. Pearce, commanding USS Fort Hindman
  • Purchased by US Navy from the Springfield, IL., prize court, 29 February 1864
  • Commissioned USS Volunteer, date unknown
  • Volunteer was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron serving as a patrol, dispatch, and tow steamer
  • Participated in repelling a Confederate attack on Fort Pillow, TN., 14 April 1864.
  • Decommissioned in August 1865 at Mound City, IL.
  • Sold at public auction, 29 November 1865, to B. F. Goodwin
  • Renamed SS Talisman, she remained in civilian use until about 1872
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 209 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft 5'
    Speed 6 mph
    Complement unknown
    one heavy 12-pdr smoothbore
    Propulsion steam

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    Volunteer 130k USS Volunteer photographed on the Western Rivers in 1864-65, with several barges in the foreground. Note fancy identification letter "V" mounted between her smokestacks.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49972
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Volunteer (I)
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