USS Tennessee USS Mobile Confederate Steamer Tennessee American Civil War
Tennessee (American Steamship, 1853-1865). Renamed Republic in 1865. Served as the Confederate steamer Tennessee in 1862, and as USS Tennessee and USS Mobile in 1862-1865
Tennessee , a 1275-ton (burden) wooden-hulled side-wheel steamship, was built at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1853. Prior to the Civil War she was employed in commercial service. Caught at New Orleans, Louisiana, after the conflict began, she was seized there by Confederate authorities in January 1862 and may have been used to run the Federal Blockade during the next month. When Federal
forces captured New Orleans in April, Tennessee was also taken.
Soon purchased by the U.S. Navy, she was commissioned as USS Tennessee in May 1862. A fast vessel, she was employed in the Gulf of Mexico on blocade, supply and dispatch duties for almost all of the remaining portion of the Civil War. Among her activities were the capture of several sailing blockade runners; participation in an action at White Hall Point, Louisiana, on 10 July 1863
and in the campaign to capture the entrances of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Once the U.S. Navy had taken the former Confederate ironclad Tennessee into its own service, the Navy's older Tennessee needed renaming. Accordingly, at the beginning of September 1864 she became USS Mobile .
During the last months of 1864 and into 1865, Mobile continued her service in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. However, her increasing need for repairs, some of it caused by age and some by severe storm damage received off the Rio Grande in late 1864, led to her decommissioning. Sold towards the end of March 1865, the steamship returned to commercial employment under the name
Republic . Her new career was short, though. On 25 October 1865 she was lost in a hurricane off Savannah, Georgia.
Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1948
Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy A tantalizing glimpse into the hardships endured by the naval
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sailed over 75,000 miles and captured more than 60 Union vessels. But her career came to an end in June of 1864 when she was sunk by the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Northern France
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