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USS Maria Denning (1858)
USS Maria Denning (1861-1862).jpg
Career (US)
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1858
Acquired: 1861
In service: 1861
Out of service: December 1862
Struck: 1862 (est.)
Fate: transferred to the Union Army
in December 1862
General characteristics
Displacement: 870 tons
Length: not known
Beam: not known
Draught: not known
Propulsion: steam engine side wheel-propelled
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: not known
Armour: wood

USS Maria Denning (1858) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy for various tasks, including carrying supplies, prisoners of war, and acting as a receiving ship for newly-enlisted sailors or for sailors whose ship was sunk.

Sidewheel steamer Maria Denning, built at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1858, was purchased by the Navy in 1861 for service as a transport, Comdr. Benjamin H. Dove in command.

A diversified role for an auxiliary ship[edit | edit source]

Destined to carry provisions and stores, Maria Denning arrived at Cairo, Illinois, from St. Louis, Missouri, 26 November 1861, having dispersed two to four hundred Confederate cavalry at Price’s Landing en route. She was used as receiving ship at Cairo from 3 November 1861 to 1 April 1862, and protected Fort Holt from night attack by Confederate gunboats early in December 1861.

In November 1862, Maria Denning took prisoners on board at Helena, Arkansas, before departing for Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Transferred to the Union Army as a transport vessel[edit | edit source]

She was transferred to the Union Army in December 1862 and served as an Army transport 15 December 1862 to 6 April 1863.

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

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