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USS Lioness


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built at Philadelphia in 1857
  • Taken over by the Navy and commissioned USS Lioness in 1862, LT. Crandall in command
  • Lioness joined the Union flotilla on the western rivers
  • After fitting out at Pittsburg in April 1862, Lioness departed New Albany for Cairo 12 May
  • Scouting Fort Pillow with other rams on the 1st of June, she participated on the 6th in the Battle of Memphis, a one-sided, Union victory
  • Lioness participated in expeditions up the Yazoo River convoying and covering Army troops in joint expeditions
  • Laid up at Mound City in 1863
  • Sold in 1865 to American commerce interests
  • Re-sold abroad in 1873
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 40 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    Monarch 259k "Colonel Ellet's Ram Fleet on the Mississippi" Line engraving after a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in Harper's Weekly, 1862. Ships in the foreground are: USS Monarch (letter M between stacks), USS Queen of the West (with letter Q) and USS Lioness (letter L). In the left background are: Switzerland (with letter S on paddlebox), Samson and Lancaster. Note cotton bales stacked on deck to protect boilers.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59007
    USNH&HC
    Mingo 132k One of Colonel Ellet's Ram Approaching the City of Memphis, TN., to Demand its Surrender. Line engraving after a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting an incident at the close of the Battle of Memphis, 6 June 1862. The steamer shown may be USS Mingo or USS Lioness.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59055.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Lioness
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