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USS Hastings


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Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as Emma Duncan in 1860 at Monongahela, PA., and operated as a river transport out of Cincinnati, OH.
  • Purchased at Cairo, Ill., in March 1863 from J. Bachelor. Fitted out and ready for service in April
  • Commissioned USS Hastings in April 1863, Acting Master W. N. Griswold in command
  • Hastings was initially assigned to the Tennessee River while enroute to her assignment she was attacked by Confederate guerrillas near Green Bottom Bar of the Tennessee River, 24 April 1863, she was hulled seven times and suffered three casualties in the action
  • Hastings then assumed duty as a convoy ship for Army transports on the Tennessee River
  • She arrived at Eastport, Miss., 26 October 1863 to assist General Sherman's troops in crossing the river during operations culminating in the Battle of Chattanooga, and steamed to Paducah, KY., when that city was threatened by Confederate cavalry 8 November
  • Hastings in need of repairs returned to the Naval Station at Cairo 16 December
  • Hastings resumed active patrolling in April 1864, and was detailed to convoy General T. Kilby Smith's transports from Springfield Landing to Grand Ecore, LA.
  • With the failure of the land portion of the Red River operation Hastings covered the withdrawal of Smith's troops
  • Hastings subsequently patrolled in the White River to gain intelligence, and convoy troops in cooperation with the Army
  • Hastings continued her service on the tributaries of the Mississippi until returning to Cairo, IL. early in 1865
  • Decommissioned 7 July 1865
  • Sold at Mound City, IL., 17 August 1865 to Henry H. Semmes, redocumented Dora in October 1865 and served as a river freighter until 1872
    Specifications:
    Displacement 293 t.
    Length 173'
    Beam 34'2"
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 5'4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 30 pdrs
    two 32 pdrs
    four 24 pdrs
    Propulsion steam, sidewheels

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    Hastings 95k Steamer Emma Duncan (USS Hastings) on the Ohio River off New Albany, OH. circa 1861. Tommy Trampp

    USS Hastings
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