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US Army Tug Jessie (1862)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Campaign Medal

Screw Steam Tug:
  • Built as the steam tug Jessie Benton, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the War Department, 5 May 1862
  • Jessie Benton was used by the Quartermaster Corps on the western rivers; she was known as Jessie until transferred to the Navy, 30 September 1862
  • Renamed Lily, 19 October 1862, placed under the command of Acting ENS. Richard H. Smith
  • Lily was assigned to RADM. David Dixon Porterís Mississippi Squadron
  • Lily served on that river, including duty during the Vicksburg campaign
  • Final Disposition, sunk near Chickasaw Bayou in the Yazoo River in a collision with the ironclad ram USS Choctaw, 28 May 1863.
    Displacement 50 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    one steam engine
    one boiler
    single screw

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