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CSS Diana
USS Diana (1862 - 1863)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Ironclad Gunboat:
  • Captured by USS Cayuga, 27 April 1862, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Commissioned USS Diana, circa 5 May 1862
  • Diana was assigned to duty as a transport on interior waters
  • Captured two cargo vessels, 6 December 1862
  • Took part in an attack on the Confederate forces in Bayou Teche, La., and the destruction of CSS J. A. Cotton 14 January 1863
  • Disabled by Confederate shore batteries, 28 March 1863, at Bayou Teche, surrendered with loss of five KIA (including the Commanding Officer Act Master Thomas L. Peterson) and three WIA
  • Taken in to Confederate army service on Bayou Teche to support troops at Camp Bisland, LA.
  • After covering the successful retreat of Confederate forces at Franklin, LA. CSS Diana was abandoned and burned by her crew to prevent capture by Union forces
    Displacement 239 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Depth unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    Kinsman 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 Kinsman, USS Estrella, USS Diana and USS Calhoun.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58767
    Bill Gonyo and Tommy Trampp
    454k One of only two known sketches of Diana published in 1863. Curiously, this does not show the new pilot house or guns fitted in 1862 suggesting it was made earlier.
    Image from original 9 May 1863 copy of Harper's Weekly. Pilot house not illustrated.
    Robert Hurst

    USS / CSS Diana
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Acting Master Weeks, Edmund C.9 November 1862 - 10 December 1862
    02Acting Master Goodwin, Ezra S.10 December 1862 - 17 February 1863
    Received a negative report in an Army telegram to the Navy, relieved of command
    03Acting Master Peterson, Thomas L.1 March 1863 - 28 March 1863
    Killed In Action
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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