- USS Peosta (1857)
USS "Peosta" (1857) – also known as "Tinclad" # 36" --was a
steamboatacquired by the Union Navyduring the American Civil War. Peostawas outfitted as an armed gunboat, with heavy guns for battles at sea, and large howitzers for shore bombardment. She served on the rivers and other waterways of the Confederate States of Americaenforcing the Union blockadeon the South.
Purchased in Iowa
"Peosta", a side-wheel wooden gunboat, was built in 1857 at
Cincinnati, Ohio, for civilian employment. She was purchased at Dubuque, Iowa, 13 June 1863; fitted out at Cairo, Illinois., and commissioned 2 October 1863, Lt. Thomas E. Smith in command.
Civil War service
Assigned to the Naval forces on the
Tennessee River, "Peosta" departed Cairo 28 Octoberand arrived at Paducah, Kentucky, 3 November.
Remaining on the Tennessee River throughout the Civil War, she cruised between Paducah and
Eastport, Mississippi, to protect Union shipping and support Union Armyactivities. In the spring of 1864 she assisted in halting a Confederate land and river offensive against Paducah as they moved through Union lines to repossess defenses along the river.
25 March 1864, she engaged Confederate troops at Paducah, Kentucky.
Remaining on the Tennessee River into June
1865she arrived at Mound City, Illinois, on the 5th for inactivation. On 7 August 1865she decommissioned and 10 days later was sold to John W. Waggoner. She retained her name in postwar merchant service and burned at Memphis, Tennessee, on 25 December 1870.
American Civil War
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-p/peosta.htm USS Peosta (1863-1865, "Tinclad" # 36)]
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