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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
    Displacement 429 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    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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