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|221k||The coastal merchant steamer SS Calhoun underway in the 1850's. The ship's name was changed from SS Cuba to
Calhoun, before entering service.
Painted by James Bard, 1 January 1856. Image from The Bard Brothers: "Painting America Under Steam and Sail". New York: Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated. p. 67. Courtesy of Anthony J. Peluso Jr.; The Mariners' Museum.
|51k||Watercolor of steamship SSCalhoun by Erik Heyl, 1963, prepared for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III.
Originally built in 1851, Calhoun was a Confederate warship in 1861-62 and became USS Calhoun in 1862.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 66951, courtesy of Erik Heyl.
|42k||Watercolor of USS Calhoun by Erik Heyl, 1963, prepared for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III.
Originally built in 1851, USS Calhoun became the US Army steamer General Sedgewick in 1864.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 66952, courtesy of Erik Heyl.
|69k||Watercolor of USS Calhoun artwork by Assistant Engineer John Everding, USN, circa 1862-64.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 55004-KN (color), courtesy of Erik Heyl.
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|183k||"The Fight at Corney's Bridge, Bayou Teche, Louisiana, and Destruction of the Rebel Gun-boat 'Cotton', January 14, 1863." A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, showing the Confederate gunboat CSS J. A. Cotton engaging Federal gunboats, as Confederate troops fire from the shore. U.S. Navy ships in this engagement were
USS Diana and
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58767
|Bill Gonyo and Tommy Trampp|
|155k||"Engagement at Butte la Rose"
Line engraving after a sketch by H. Holtz, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting the U.S. Navy gunboats USS Estrella, USS Calhoun, USS Arizona and USS Clifton (listed clockwise from lower right) engaging the Confederate gunboat CSS J.A. Cotton off Butte a la Rose, Louisiana, on 20 April 1863. Confederate Fort Burton (shown at left) was captured on the same day.
An original engraved print titled,"Engagement at Butte la Rose." published in "Harper's Weekly" dated May 30, 1863.
|186k||"Destruction of the 'Queen of the West' by Union Gun-Boats."
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting CSS Queen of the West being destroyed in Grand Lake, Louisiana, during an attack by USS Estrella (extreme left), USS Calhoun (extreme right) and USS Arizona (second from right), 14 April 1863.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 58759
|225k||Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", April 1864, depicting the bombardment of Fort Powell, in Grant's Pass between Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay, Alabama. The steamer at right is USS Calhoun, flagship during this operation.||Tommy Trampp|
|69k||1860s CIVIL WAR CDV PHOTO OF US NAVY OFFICER KILLED IN ACTION LCDR Thomas McKean Buchanan, USS CALHOUN KIA"
During the fierce battle that Lieutenant Commander Buchanan was killed. Admiral Farragut reported Buchanan's death as follows: "Sir, It becomes my painful duty to report to you the death of Lieutenant Commander Thomas McKean Buchanan who lost his life yesterday January 14 in an attack upon the rebel steamer CSN Cotton and the batteries erected at the obstructions in the river Teche. The USS Calhoun lost also two men and had five wounded. Lieutenant Commander Buchanan was one of our most gallant and persevering young officers He informed me two days ago that he thought the enemy was about to make an attack on him and that he would anticipate them. In reply to my letter in which I enjoined him to do his whole duty on this occasion, he assured me, that I need give myself no uneasiness upon that score as they had all determined to go down rather than surrender. It appears however that he lost his life by pushing forward according to General Weitzel account too recklessly but his efforts were fully successful and drove the enemy from his positions as will be seen by the reports of Lieutenant Commander AP Cooke and General Weitzel. copies of which are hereto appended Our forces are now endeavoring to pull up the obstructions and follow the Cotton up the Teche. / Very respectfully your obedient servant DG FARRAGUT Rear Admiral."
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