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Argosy (1863-1865)

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USS Argosy, a 219-ton stern-wheel "tinclad" river gunboat, was built in 1862 at Monongahela, Pennsylvania. She was purchased by the Navy in March 1863 and commissioned later in that month. Argosy served on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers during much of the Civil War, supporting Federal operations penetrating into the Confederacy. Later in the conflict Argosy patrolled the lower Mississippi River. She was decommissioned and sold in August 1865. Retaining her name, she was employed for civilian purposes until March 1872, when she was destroyed by fire at Cincinnati, Ohio.

This page features our only view of USS Argosy.

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Photo #: NH 65460

USS Argosy (1863-1865)


Pen and ink drawing by Samuel War Stanton, depicting the ship operating on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.

Collections of the Navy Department, 1967.



If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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