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Ben McCulloch

(StwStr: t. 80)

Ben McCulloch, a small river steamer built in 1860 at Cincinnati, Ohio, was impressed into Confederate Army transport service. Early in 1863 she conveyed supplies on the Tallahatchie and Sunflower Rivers and on Tchula Lake.

Following the capture of Yazoo City by the Federals, she was one of the four remaining Confederate vessels that escaped up the Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Rivers. In July 1863 she was burned on Tchula Lake by Confederate cavalry to avoid capture.