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Mound City

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
Seaman Charles Smith USN
Seaman John Smith USN
Seaman Gilbert Snyder USN
Seaman William Stansbury USN
Seaman William Stetson USN
Seaman Emmanuel Stocker USN
Seaman Porter Summers USN
Seaman Adam Tome USN
Seaman John Tompkins USN
Seaman Elmer Torrence USN
Seaman Patrick Vaughn USN
Boatswain's Mate William Walker USN
Seaman James Wallace USN
Seaman Fisher Welbon USN
Seaman Elisha Whitney USN
Seaman John Wilson USN
Seaman Allen Wood USN
Ordinary Seaman Edward Wood USN
Quarter Gunner Thomas Wyatt USN
Seaman Thomas Wynkoop USN