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USS General Grant


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat (Tinclad # 65):
  • Built in 1863 at Monongahela, PA.
  • Purchased by the War Department, date unknown
  • Chartered by the Navy and commissioned USS General Grant, 20 July 1864, at Bridgeport, AL., Acting ENS. Joseph Watson in command
  • During the Civil War USS General Grant was assigned to patrol duty on the upper Tennessee River
    Destroyed 22 small boats off Port Deposit and Crow Island in October 1864
    Assisted in the taking of pontoon bridges at Decatur, AL.
    Participated in the bombardment of Guntersville, AL, 15 January 1865
    Decommissioned, 2 June 1865, and returned to the War Department
  • Final Disposition, lost by stranding in the ice at Plattsmouth, NE., 18 March 1866
    Specifications:
    Displacement 201 t.
    Length 171'
    Beam 26'
    Depth of Hold 4' 9"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    four 9" Parrot rifles
    three 24-pdr howitzers
    one heavy 12-pdr howitzer
    Propulsion steam
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    General Grant 87k USS General Grant moored to the riverbank on the Tennessee River in 1864. She carried 2 Parrot rifles; 3 24-pounder howitzers and on 31 March 1865 a “heavy” 12-Pounder howitzer was added to her battery.
    NARA-533122 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS General Grant
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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