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USS General Grant

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USS General Grant

General Grant in 1864
Career (US)
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1863
Acquired: 20 July 1864
Commissioned: 20 July 1864
Decommissioned: 2 June 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: returned to the War Department
2 June 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 201 tons
Length: 171'
Beam: 26'
Draught: depth of hold 4' 9"
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: two 30-pounder guns
two 24-pounder howitzers

USS General Grant (1863) was a Steamship chartered from the U.S. War Department by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy as a gunboat in waterways of the Confederate South.

Constructed in Pennsylvania in 1863

General Grant was built in 1863 at Monongahela, Pennsylvania; purchased by the War Department; chartered by the Navy and commissioned at Bridgeport, Alabama, 20 July 1864, Acting Master Joseph Watson in command.

Patrolling the Tennessee River

General Grant constantly patrolled the upper Tennessee River from Bridgeport until close of the Civil War, fighting guerrillas and aiding the Union Army in clearing Confederate troops from the region.

River operations under fire

In October 1864 she destroyed 22 small boats off Port Deposit and Crow Island. On 25 November she assisted in taking up pontoon bridges under guns of Confederate sharpshooters at Decatur, Alabama. She hurled 52 shells into that town 12 December 1864 and joined USSĀ General Thomas 15 January 1865 in the destructive bombardment of Guntersville, Alabama.

Post-war decommissioning, sale, and subsequent career

She decommissioned and was returned to the War Department 2 June 1865. She was lost when stranded in ice 18 March 1866 at Plattsmouth, Nebraska.


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