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USS Alexandria (I)


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Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #40):
  • The small, wooden-hulled, side-wheel steamer SS St. Mary, built at Plaquemine, PA.
  • Presented to the Confederate government upon completion early in 1862
  • St. Mary operated on the Yazoo and Tallahatchie Rivers until 13 July 1863 when captured at Yazoo City, MS. by Union forces.
  • Taken into the Union navy, 18 September 1863, for use as a non-commissioned dispatch boat by ADM. David Porter
  • Placed in commission as USS Alexandria, 12 December 1863, at Cario, IL., Acting Master David P. Rosenmiller, Jr. in command
  • USS Alexandria served in the 1st District of the Mississippi Squadron and operated between Donaldsonville, La., and Cairo, IL.
  • Decommissioned, 7 August 1865, at Cairo, IL.
  • Sold at auction, 17 August 1865, at Mound City, IL, to W. Markham of Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Documented as SS Alexandria, 4 October 1865
  • Alexandria served in commercial on the Mississippi River and her tributaries until lost sometime in 1867
  • No documents containing specific information on her destruction seem to have survived
    Specifications:
    Displacement 60 t.
    Length 89' 9"
    Beam 15'
    Depth 5'
    Draft 4'
    Speed 4 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 24-pdr smoothbore
    one 12-pdr field carriage
    Propulsion steam
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