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Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Acquired by the War Department for service in the Mississippi Marine Brigade, often participated in operations of the Western Flotilla
  • The Western Flotilla was transferred to the Navy Department in the autumn of 1862, but the Mississippi Marine Brigade remained a part of the Army until it was disbanded late in the Civil War
  • Final Disposition, Switzerland was sunk by the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, 25 March 1863
  • Switzerland never was a Navy vessel
    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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    Switzerland 252k Sepia wash drawing by F. Muller, circa 1900, depicting Switzerland on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55829, courtesy of the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    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
    Switzerland 502k "The [Army] Rams Switzerland and Lancaster Running the Blockade at Vicksburg, 25 March 1863". Line engraving after a sketch by Theodore R. Davis, published in Harper's Weekly, 1863. In this operation, Switzerland (depicted here in the foreground) was disabled by gunfire from the Vicksburg batteries, but succeeded in passing the city. Lancaster (in the left center distance) was fatally damaged and sank.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59103

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