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H. D. Mears

H. D. Mears

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H. D. Mears, also known as Mears and Meares, and not infrequently confused in Union dispatches with the Mars, was built in 1860 at Wheeling, Va. She was among the Confederate steamers active in western waters through August 1863 when the Confederates scuttled her in the Sunflower River to escape capture by Porter's forces.