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USS Mingo (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1859 at California, PA.
Launched, date unknown
Purchased at Pittsburgh by Lt. Col. Charles Ellet for the War Department early in April 1862
Fitted out as a ram at Pittsburgh on the Ohio River
Commissioned USS Mingo, date unknown
Mingo headed down river, 29 April to join a fleet of rams which Ellet was organizing to counter the Confederate River Defense Fleet
By mid-May Ellet's rams had joined the Western Flotilla above Fort Pillow ready for action
Mingo served on the Mississippi River until she accidentally sank at Cape Girardeau, MO. in November 1862
Displacement 300 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 12 kts
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||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.
USS Mingo (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 16 September 2016
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