Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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Dunbar

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Dunbar, a steamer under Captain Fowler, was dispatched from Fort Henry, Tenn., on 4 February 1862 in company with steamer Lynn Boyd to embark two regiments stationed at Paris Landing, Tenn. General Tilghman, CSA, and Major Gilmer, CSA, debarked in a small boat the morning of 6 February 1862 to direct the defense of Fort Henry which surrendered to Union forces that same day. Dunbar was sunk in the Tennessee River, in Cypress Creek, to prevent her capture by the Federal Gunboat Fleet. She may have been the 213-ton side-wheel steamer that was built in 1859 at Brownsville, Pa., and first home ported in Pittsburgh, Pa.