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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
    Specifications:
    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

    USS Mingo (I)
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