Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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Magenta
(SwStr: t. 782; l. 269'; b. 39'; dph. 7'9")

Magenta was built in 1861 at New Albany, Ind. She may have served the Confederates as a transport in the Mississippi River area while under the control of Comdr. I. N. Brown, CSN, commanding Confederate vessels in the Yazoo River. Called one of the best Confederate transports by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, Magenta was burned on the Yazoo River in July 1863 by Commander Brown, to keep her from falling into the hands of a Union naval force under Acting Rear Adm. D. D. Porter, USN.