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Peytona
(SwStr: t. 685; l. 256'; b. 37'; dph. 7'6")

Peytona was built in 1859 at New Albany, Ind. She was chartered by the Confederates on 17 April 1862 as a towboat and tender to the newly launched CSS Mississippi, When the Union fleet under Flag Officer D. G. Farragut, USN, approached New Orleans and after Mississippi was fired to prevent capture, Peytona, on 25 April 1862, escaped up the Mississippi River.

Peytona may have served the Confederates further under Comdr I. N. Brown, CSN, commanding Confederate vessels in the Yazoo River. She was burned and scuttled in 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.