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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Captain Forecast Walter Mclain USN
Seaman G. Merritt USN
Captain Aftergua George Moore USN
Seaman G. Morgan USN
Seaman Samuel Needham USN
Seaman William Nicholson USN
Pilot Joseph Nixon USN
Landsman Richard O'brien USN
Seaman William Persons USN
Seaman Theodore Peterson USN
Seaman William Phillips USN
Quartermaster William Reed USN
Captain Aftergua Henry Reywards USN
Seaman Alexander Robinson USN
Seaman Mathew Ryan USN
Seaman Mathias Saylor USN
Seaman George Scott USN
Acting Master James Scoville USN
Seaman G. Small USN
Seaman Levi Small USN


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