Photo #: NH 91999-A-KN (Color)
Red River Expedition, March-May 1864
Watercolor by James Alden, depicting the monitors USS Neosho and Osage running through a break in the Red River dam to pass safely over the rapids, 9 May 1864.
This passage took advantage of an accidental break in the dam, which was being built by Army engineers to raise the river level enough to permit passage of all the vessels trapped above. Four gunboats passed through at this time: Lexington (which went first), Neosho (second), Fort Hindman and Osage.
Collection of Cdr. George M. Bache, USN.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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9 May 2000