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Diana

 

Merchant name retained.

 

Diana, a side wheel merchant steamer, was captured by the U.S. Navy 27 April 1862 at New Orleans, La., and turned over on 7 May to General B. Butler, the Army commander of that area. She was employed by the Army mainly as a transport until November 1962 when she was returned for naval service, Acting Master Weeks in command.

 

Diana served with other ships of the Navy and detachments of the Army in Berwick Bay, La., until 28 March 1863 when she was captured by the Confederates while on a reconnaissance in Grand Lake and Atchafalaya River in Louisiana. During her short naval career she assisted in the capture of two cargo vessels with sugar and molasses on board on 6 December 1862, and took part in an attack on the Confederate forces in Bayou Teche, La., and the destruction of CSS J. A. Cotton 14 January 1863.