USS Red Rover (1862-1865)

USS Red Rover, a 625-ton side-wheel river steamer, was built for commercial use at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1859. She served as CSS Red Rover in 1861-62 and was captured on 7 April 1862 at Island Number Ten by USS Mound City. Following repairs, she was placed in service as a hospital ship for the U.S. Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla in June 1862. She served in this role through the summer of 1862, and was purchased by the Navy at the end of September.

Commissioned as USS Red Rover in December 1862, she was used for the rest of the Civil War as hospital ship for the Mississippi Squadron. Her medical complement included nurses from the Catholic order Sisters of the Holy Cross, the first female nurses to serve on board a Navy ship. In addition to caring for and transporting sick and wounded men, she provided medical supplies to Navy ships along the Western Rivers. Red Rover was stationed at Mound City, Illinois, from December 1864 until November 1865, when she was decommissioned and sold.

This page features views of USS Red Rover and provides links to other pictures related to her.

Additional images related to this ship, USS Red Rover - On Board, Crew and Related Views.

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Photo #: NH 49980

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


On the Western Rivers during the Civil War, with an ice boat tied up alongside her port side.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 59653

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Photographed tied up to the shore on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
Firewood is stacked in the foreground.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 60501

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Tied up astern of USS General Sterling Price, on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
Note derelict machinery in the foreground.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 60500

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Photographed on the Western Rivers during the Civil War, with two rowing boats alongside.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 49981

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Moored to a Western Rivers' shoreline, during the Civil War.
Note awning spread over the ship's foredeck, and bell at the front of her superstructure.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 55837

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Sepia wash drawing by F. Muller, circa 1900.

Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 65458

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Pen and ink drawing by Samuel Ward Stanton.

Collections of the Navy Department, 1967.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 58718

USS Red Rover (1862-1865)


Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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