U. S. S. Cincinnati, Raised From the Grave Two Times... To Fight Again...

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I found this interesting story about the U.S.S Cincinnati a ship that has the dubious honor of being sunk twice only to rise again to fight... The story I am going to point out was when she was sunk for the second time this time at the Siege of Vicksburg, in May of 1863... From Wiki the story:

On May 27, 1863, during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Cincinnati was ordered to steam down the Mississippi River and destroy two Confederate artillery guns which were impeding the advance of General William Tecumseh Sherman's right flank. Between Cincinnati and the two guns was a Confederate eleven-piece heavy artillery battery which, from its position atop a bluff, had command over that entire stretch of the river. This "Upper River Battery" was composed of the remnants of Hoagley's Battery, CS and referred to simply as the "Arkansas Battery." The Union forces had been aware of the battery, but, shortly before Cincinnati received its orders, the battery had disappeared and was assumed to have been moved elsewhere. Unbeknownst to them, the battery's guns had been removed from view by simply lowering them from their carriages, both to protect them from the fire of ships on the river and to deceive the Union forces. The commander of the battery, Capt. William Pratt Parks, (CS Army) had discovered the Union signal code, and when he intercepted a message describing Cincinnati's mission, he had the guns re-assembled during the night and concealed them in brush.[1]

On the morning of May 27, Cincinnati headed downstream and reached its target, the two artillery guns. Just as it fired its first shots, the hidden battery on the bluff also opened fire, completely surprising the Union ship. The first Confederate shell scored a direct hit, passing through Cincinnati's magazine and exiting through the bottom of the ship. Another shell disabled the ship's steering mechanism. Cincinnati's own guns could not be elevated enough to return fire on the high battery. Knowing his ship was doomed, the commander, Lieutenant George M. Bache, headed Cincinnati full-steam back up the river in search of a place on which to beach the ship. A suitable spot being found, Cincinnati was run aground, a hawser tied to a tree, and gangplank laid out. Before the men could evacuate, the hawser came loose and the ship slipped from the bank out into the river, where it began to sink in about 18 feet (5.5 m) of water. Many of the crew, including the commander, could not swim; those who could began to abandon ship. Still under intense fire four sailors, Landsman Thomas E. Corcoran, Boatswain's Mate Henry Dow, Seaman Thomas Jenkins, and Seaman Martin McHugh, swam back and forth, helping their crewmates to shore. They then reboarded Cincinnati, hastily repaired a small boat which had been damaged by the Confederate fire, and loaded it with men who were too badly wounded to be dragged through the water. After Lieutenant Bache also climbed into the boat, they towed it to the safety of a Union flotilla.[1] Six crewman from Cincinnati were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the sinking: Quartermaster Frank Bois, Landsman Thomas E. Corcoran, Boatswain's Mate Henry Dow, Quartermaster Thomas W. Hamilton, Seaman Thomas Jenkins, and Seaman Martin McHugh.[1]


It amazing rescue story but it unusual to read a Civil War where sailors earn the Medal of Honor... U. S. S. Cincinnati was raised again and went on the help the Union war effort...

The Links:
USS Cincinnati (1861) - Wikipedia

USS Cincinnati Navy ships throughout history - Cincinnati.com



 

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Here an interest story they are looking for gunboats along the Ohio river and they are looking for the Cincinnati... but wiki...

Raised again in August 1863, Cincinnati returned to patrol duty on the Mississippi River and its tributaries until February 1865 when she was transferred to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She patrolled off Mobile Bay and in the Mississippi Sounds until placed out of commission August 4, 1865 at Algiers, Louisiana. She was sold at New Orleans on March 28, 1866.

snip... the article is from 2005, I guess they know what gunboat they saw from the sky...


But more importantly, Swenson said, he saw something sticking out of the mud near the mouth of the Cache River, not far from Mound City, Ill., an outpost about 44 miles south of Carbondale. Rumors had it that folks there, when they were kids, spotted remnants of a Civil War gunboat, including a cannon, when the wreckage was visible decades ago.
Could it be the final resting spot of the Cincinnati, among the vessels swaddled in iron and weaponry to become a fighting ship when the North warred with the South? Such a find could be big, with no known "ironclads" having been found along the Ohio, Wagner said.
 
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I hope you build the park for there are no true monuments to the Cold War... except for this one...

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/silent-heroes-of-the-cold-war-national-memorial

There is a propose one... it maybe just a joke...

http://www.nationaltlcservice.us/national-cold-war-monuments-and-environmental-heritage-trail/

A museum... poor web site...

http://www.coldwar.org/museum/
https://www.facebook.com/USSCincinnati

They are still working on it, close to the river o/c. Last I heard only "her" sail.

 

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They are still working on it, close to the river o/c. Last I heard only "her" sail.
You should suggest they raise the Civil War Gunboat Cincinnati and but it in or next to this park because you know subs are called boats not ships. The park would have the first boat named Cincinnati and the last boat too... I am surprised no one wants to raise the Gunboat Cincinnati because it was a big deal to raise the Cairo... just a thought...
 
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