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CSS J. A. Cotton

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Civil War Medal

Iron-clad Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1861 as the sidewheel steamer J. A. Cotton at Jeffersonville, IN. for use on the bayous of Louisiana
  • Purchased by the Confederate Army in 1862, clad at least partially with iron, and placed under the command of CAPT. E. W. Fuller, CSA.
  • CSS J. A. Cotton operated in Berwick Bay and Bayou Teche where from 1 to 6 November 1862, she fought a series of actions against Union gunboats USS Calhoun, USS Kinsman, USS Diana, and USS Estrella, with only light casualties and damage
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 549 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 32-pdr smoothbore
    one 9-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam

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    Richmond 303k "The Fight at Corney's Bridge, Bayou Teche, Louisiana, and Destruction of the Rebel Gun-boat 'Cotton', January 14, 1863."
    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
    Bill Gonyo and Tommy Trampp
    J.A. Cotton 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.
    Tommy Trampp

    CSS J. A. Cotton
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