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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Sidewheel Steamer (Tinclad #20):
Confederate gunboat B. M. Moore captured on the Hatchee River, TN., by USS Pittsburgh 9 June 1862
Transferred to the Union Navy by the War Department
Fitted out at Cairo, IL.
General Pillow departed Cairo, 23 August 1862, for duty with the Mississippi Squadron, LT. LeRoy Fitch in command
General Pillow served on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers convoying troop transports and fighting off guerrillas on the riverbanks
Assigned to guard mortar boats and ammunition barges in February 1863 at Cairo
Turned over to the Commandant of the Naval Station, Mound City, for disposal in July 1865
General Pillow was sold at Mound City, 26 November 1865, to Wetzel and Hallerburg
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 38 t.
Length 81' 5"
Beam 17' 1"
Depth 3' 8"
two 12-pdr howitzers
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Gideon J. Pillow, born in Williamson County, Tenn., 8 June 1806, graduated from the University of Nashville in 1827. He became a successful criminal lawyer, practicing for a time with James K. Polk, and was active in national politics. Appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers in 1846, he served with General Taylor on the Rio Grande and with General Scott at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, and Chapultepec. At the beginning of the Civil War, he accepted a commission as Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. General Pillow fought at Belmont, Mo., in 1861 and was second in command at Fort Donelson in February 1862 when it fell to General Grant. He escaped but held no important command after that time. When the war ended, Pillow returned to his law practice until his death at Helena, Ark., 8 October 1878. Photo courtesy of Gatehouse Press
USS General Pillow
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 14 September 2012
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