Naval History and Heritage Command

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Indian Chief

CSS Indian Chief was used as receiving ship at Charleston, S.C., from 1862 to 1865. One of her additional details in 1863 was support of the local torpedo (mine) operations. Flag Officer J. R. Tucker, CSN, wrote of her commander, Lt. W. G. Dozier, CSN, 24 August 1863, "You will be pleased to have as many boats fitted with torpedoes as you can hoist up to the davits of the Indian Chief * * *" Her first commanding officer was Lt. J. H. Ingraham, CSN. She was burned by the Confederates prior to the evacuation of Charleston on 18 February 1865.