USS Chillicothe, a 385-ton casemate ironclad river gunboat built at Cincinnati, Ohio, was commissioned in September 1862. After an extended fitting out period that lasted until early 1863, she began operations on the Mississippi River and its tributaries that continued for the rest of the Civil War. In January 1863, Chillicothe took part in the White River expedition and the capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas. During the following months, she was engaged in operations against Yazoo Pass, Mississippi, and was there damaged by enemy gunfire. She also participated in the Red River operation in March-May 1864 and subsequent activities in the lower Mississippi region. USS Chillicothe was sold in November 1865. As a civilian-owned ship, she was destroyed by fire in September 1872.
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Identification Note: Several photographs of USS Tuscumbia have frequently
been published as representing USS Chillicothe. However,
there is no doubt that these really show Tuscumbia, which
was much larger than Chillicothe.
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Photo #: NH 264
USS Chillicothe (1862-1865)
Engraving, dated 22 February 1864, published Bufford's Print Publishing House, 313 Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of Belle Mather, 1932.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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23 November 1999