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R. J. Lockland (side-wheel steamer)

(SwStr: t. 710; l. 265'; b. 40'; dph. 7')

R. J. Lockland

R. J. Lockland was built at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1857. She served the Confederates as a transport in the Mississippi River area, and she was part of the force under Comdr. I. N. Brown, CSN, commanding Confederate vessels in the Yazoo River. In July 1863, R. J. Lockland was burned to the water's edge by Commander Brown, and sunk in the Yazoo River, 15 miles below Greenwood, Miss., to block the channel and delay the advance of Union forces under Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, towards Vicksburg, Miss., and to escape the hands of the Union naval force under Acting Rear Adm. D. D. Porter, USN.