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CSS Grampus

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Civil War Medal

Stern-wheel Gunboat:
  • Built as the Grampus, date and location unknown
  • Grampus served with Confederate army forces as a scout boat and transport on the Mississippi
  • Late in March 1862 she took an active part in the defense of Island No. 10 where the Confederates finally sank her to prevent capture, 7 April. Captain Marsh Miller was in command
  • Raised by the Union Gunboat Flotilla during May 1862
  • Final Disposition, burned January 1863
    Displacement 352 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two brass 12-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Webb 252k Engraving entitled: The Confederate Gunboat, Grampus. Under fire from the Federal Gunboats
    USS Benton,
    USS Carondelet,
    USS St. Louis,
    USS Mound City,
    USS Cincinnati,
    USS Pittsburgh and Eight Mortar Boats, at foot of Island No. 8, in Mississippi River, March 5th 1862. Marshall A. Miller, Commander of Grampus
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53762
    Yazoo 112k "View of Steamers Sunk by the Rebels Between Island Number Ten and New Madrid"
    Line engraving, based on a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting ships sunk by the Confederates off their fortifications at Island Number 10, circa 7 April 1862. As identified on the engraving, the ships are (from left to right):

    USS Champion,
    CSS Yazoo,
    CSS Grampus,
    CSSJohn Simonds,
    CSS Red Rover,
    CSS Admiral,
    CSS Ohio Belle,
    CSS De Soto,
    CSS Kanawha Valley,
    CSS Winchester and
    CSS Mars. Most of these vessels, some of which were not sunk, were later employed by the Union forces.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59024
    Tommy Trampp

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