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CSS Uncle Ben (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Steamer Tug:
  • A Lake Erie tug chartered by the United States Government in April 1861 to accompany an expedition for the reinforcement of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor
  • Departed New York, 7 April 1861, storms forced her to seek shelter in Wilmington, N.C.
  • Seized by the citizens and converted to a gunboat mounting one gun
  • When North Carolina seceded, Uncle Ben was turned over to the Confederacy and operated around Wilmington
  • In late summer of 1862, her engine was transferred to the ironclad CSSNorth Carolina and her hull sold.
  • Under her new owners she was fitted out as a privateer schooner, renamed Retribution, and later Etta
  • Final Dispostion, fate unknown
    Displacement 155 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one gun
    Propulsion steam

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    Uncle Ben 82k A woodcut engraving of the civilian tug Uncle Ben underway in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras, 20 April 1861.
    Salvaged from a damaged 1885 printing of Frank Leslie's "The Soldier in Our Civil War".
    Tommy Trampp

    CSS Uncle Ben
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