|USS Elfin (1864)|
|Ordered:||as W. C. Mann|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||23 February 1864|
|In service:||(circa) February 1864|
|Out of service:||4 November 1864|
destroyed in combat |
4 November 1864
|Length:||155 ft (47 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Depth of hold:||4 ft 4 in (1.32 m)|
|Armament:||eight 24-pounder howitzers|
It was purchased as W. C. Mann by Admiral David Dixon Porter at Cincinnati, Ohio, 23 February 1864, and placed under the command of Acting Master A. F. Thompson.
Assigned to the Mississippi SquadronEdit
Assigned to the Mississippi Squadron, she cruised in the 7th District between Caledonia and Mound City, Illinois, for a month, then took up duty in the 9th District extending from Cairo, Illinois, to the head of the Tennessee River.
Elfin destroyed in combat with Confederate shore batteriesEdit
On 4 November 1864 Elfin was operating with USS Tawah and USS Key West in the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. After a severe engagement of several hours with heavy Confederate shore batteries it was considered impossible to save the three vessels, and they were burned to prevent capture.
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