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Missouri


The 24th State, admitted to the Union 10 August 1821, Missouri was named for the Missouri River, an Indian name meaning "muddy waters".

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(Ironclad Ram: tonnage 399; length 183'; beam 53'8"; draft 8'3"; 2 XI-inch, 4 IX-inch, 2 32 pounders)

The Confederate ironclad ram Missouri, launched at Shreveport, La., on 14 April 1863, transported troops and served on mining details between Alexandria and Shreveport, above the Red River obstructions under the command of Lt. J. H. Carter, CSN. At the end of the Civil War, Missouri steamed down to Shreveport and surrendered to Acting Rear Adm. Samuel P. Lee’s Mississippi Squadron 3 June 1865. A crew from steamer Ouachita sailed her to the mouth of the Red River. Found to be built of green timber, and leaking badly, the steamer was dismantled and laid up at Mount City, Ill., after the railroad iron forming her armor had been removed. Never placed into commissioned service in the U.S. Navy, Missouri was sold at public auction at Mound City to John Riley on 29 November 1865.