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USS Brilliant (1862)
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Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1862
Acquired: 13 August 1862
Commissioned: 2 October 1862
Decommissioned: circa early 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 17 August 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 227 tons
Length: 154 ft 8 in (47.14 m)
Beam: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
Draught: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
stern wheel-propelled
Speed: 6 MPH
Complement: not known
Armament: two 12-pounder rifles
two 12-pounder smoothbore guns

USS Brilliant (1862) was a steamer purchased by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat assigned to patrol Confederate waterways.

Brilliant, a wooden stern-wheel steamer, was built in 1862 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and purchased by the War Department, 13 August 1862 at St. Louis, Missouri; transferred to the Navy with the Western Flotilla 1 October 1862; and commissioned the following day. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Charles G. Perkins in command.

Assigned to the Mississippi SquadronEdit

After undergoing repairs Brilliant sailed from St. Louis, Missouri, 25 September 1862 to join the Mississippi Squadron at Cairo, Illinois. Throughout the Civil War she operated very actively on the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers until 2 August 1865.

Assisting in driving off Confederate attackers of Fort DonelsonEdit

On 3 February 1863 she assisted in repelling the Confederate attack on Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and from 3 December until 16 December 1864 supported the Union Army's attack on Nashville, Tennessee.

Post war decommissioningEdit

Brilliant was sold at public auction 17 August 1865 at Mound City, Illinois.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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