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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 George Scott USN
Pilot Joseph Nixon USN
Acting Master's Henry Brown USN
Landswain W. Emery USN
Seaman Thomas Handyside USN
Captain Forecast Walter Mclain USN
Seaman G. Small USN
Acting Master William Harte USN
Seaman John Burke USN
Seaman John Ferris USN
Seaman William Harding USN
Seaman G. Merritt USN
Seaman John Tompkins USN
Chief Engineer John Cox USN
Seaman Levi Small USN
Quartermaster James Byrnes USN
Seaman William Fox USN
Landsman John Harris USN
Captain Aftergua George Moore USN
Seaman Elmer Torrence USN


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