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USS Mingo (I)

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Civil War Medal

Stern-wheel Gunboat:
  • 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.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    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

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