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Great Western


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel steamer:
  • Built as the sidewheel steamer Great Western at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1857
  • Purchased by the War Department 10 February 1862, assigned to the army's Western Flotilla
  • Transferred to the Navy and placed in service, 30 September 1862. as Great Western
  • Great Western was used as an ordnance boat for the Navy on the western waters
  • Supported the combined operations at Vicksburg in 1862 and 1863
  • Assigned as receiving ship at Cairo, IL. in July 1864
  • Reassigned as receiving ship at Mound City, IL. in March 1865
  • Placed out of service and sold at auction to John Riley, 29 November3 1865
    Specifications:
    Displacement 429 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 6-pdr
    one 12-pdr
    one 32-pdr
    Propulsion steam

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    USS Great Western
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     In Service War Department10 February 1862 - 16 May 1862
    01LT. Wilson, Byron16 May 1862 - 14 July 1862
    02Act. Vol. LT. Hamilton, William F.12 September 1862 - 21 August 1863
    03Act. Vol. LT. Gould, Abraham N.17 May 1864 - 9 September 1864
    04Act. Vol. LT. Scott, John9 September 1864 - 15 October 1864
    05Act. Master Sebastian, Benjamin15 November 1864 - 22 March 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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