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Kahukee

 

(StTug: t. 100; l. 95'; b. 17'; s. 9 k.)

 

Kahukee, also called Kakakee, and Kahuha, was a Confederate Army screw tug in service at Norfolk, where she was purchased by the Confederate Navy in July 1861. She was sent on 5 September to join the forces under Commander Sinclair, CSN, at New Berne, N.C., and assist in the attempt to drive Union forces from Hatteras Inlet.

 

She became a cause celebre in inter-service rivalry between Capt. W. F. Lynch, CSN, and Brig. Gen. H. A. Wise, CSA, when the former charged that he had been treated badly by the Army in the acquisition of Kahukee. Kahukee probably was built at Wilmington, Del., in 1855, and homeported at Plymouth, N.C.