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Mound City

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, June 17, 1862
CSA Cannon fire on White River
On the morning of June 17, USS Mound City, St. louis, Lexington, Conestonga, and transports proceeded up White River towards Saint Charles attempting to resupply Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis's army near Jacksonport. A single shot fired into the port hole at her stern drum exploded scalding most of the men to death. More than 125 sailors from the Mound City were killed, several jumped into the water, but were fired upon by the Confederate Troops entrenched on the bluff banks. Only 26 Crewmen escaped injury.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 101

Name Service Branchsort descending
Seaman John Smith USN
1st class Firema James Carolan USN
Seaman Ebenezer Freeland USN
Seaman Thomas Hodges USN
Seaman Samuel Needham USN
Boatswain's Mate William Walker USN
Acting Assistant John Gunn USN
Seaman Gilbert Snyder USN
Seaman William Carroll USN
Seaman Philip Gairner USN
Seaman John Kelly USN
Seaman William Nicholson USN
Seaman James Wallace USN
2nd Assistant En John Mcafee USN
Seaman William Stansbury USN
Seaman John Castle USN
Seaman Jamaes Galbreith USN
Ordinary Seaman Lewis Kern USN
Landsman Richard O'brien USN
Seaman Fisher Welbon USN


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