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Wilderness (BD-6659)

Non Self-propelled Derrick Barge:
  • Laid down in 1958 as US Army Derrick Barge BD-6659 at Gulfport Shipbuilding, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 1958
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermasters Corps in April 1958
  • Placed in service in 1958
  • Named Wilderness in 1975
  • Retired from US Army service, date unknown
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Weeks 568
  • Current Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,630 t.
    Length 140'
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown

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    Wilderness - The Battle of the Wilderness was fought on May 5–7, 1864, during the American Civil War. It was the first battle of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The fighting occurred in a wooded area near Locust Grove, Virginia, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Fredericksburg. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, nearly 29,000 in total, a harbinger of a war of attrition by Grant against Lee's army and, eventually, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive. (Wikipedia)
    Photo U.S. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.- "Battle of the Wilderness--Desperate fight on the Orange C.H. Plank Road, near Todd's Tavern, May 6th, 1864" .Digital ID: (color film copy transparency) cph 3g01748
    Map - Wilderness To Petersburg (May 1864 - April 1865) Pinterest - From
    Tommy Trampp
    66k U.S Army Derrick Barge Wilderness (BD-6659) at the Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, N.J., date unknown
    Bayonne Public Library
    John Spivey

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