USS Silver Cloud, a 236-ton "tinclad" river gunboat, was built in 1862 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, for commercial use. Described in published sources as a stern-wheel steamer, she was acquired by the Navy in April 1863 and commissioned a month later. Silver Cloud was assigned to patrol the Tennessee river and other rivers in that vicinity, interdicting Confederate transporation, convoying Union steamers, protecting Federal positions and raiding enemy-held locations. In April 1864, she was present when Confederate forces captured Fort Pillow, Tennessee, and when that fort was retaken soon thereafter. In June 1865, following the end of the Civil War, USS Silver Cloud was decommissioned. Sold in August, she was reportedly converted to a side-wheel steamer for civilian employment and was lost in 1866 after striking a snag in Buffalo Bayou, Texas.
This page features our only view of a ship identified as USS Silver Cloud.
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Photo #: NH 60330
USS Silver Cloud (1863-1865)
Photographed while tied up along the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
Note: Silver Cloud is generally described as a stern-wheel steamer. However, the ship in this view appears to be a side-wheel type. Therefore, the identification of this photograph should be approached with caution.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 118KB; 740 x 535 pixels
13 February 2000