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Lily
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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.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 50 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    one steam engine
    one boiler
    single screw

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