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USS William H. Brown (1862)
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Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: 30 September 1862
In service: circa 30 September 1862
Out of service: 12 August 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 17 August 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 800 tons
Length: not known
Beam: not known
Draught: not known
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: two 12-pounder guns

USS William H. Brown (1862) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a dispatch and supply boat in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways.

William H. Brown acquired by the Union Navy as a transportEdit

On 30 September 1862, William H. Brown, a side-wheel steamer, was transferred to the Navy by the U.S. War Department; and she served as a transport and dispatch vessel for the Mississippi Squadron for the duration of the Civil War.

Support operations with the Union fleetEdit

The ship carried supplies and messages between the squadron's base at Cairo, Illinois, and its ships at various locations on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

William H. Brown fires on Confederate batteriesEdit

Her only recorded engagement came on 13 April 1864 during the Red River expedition when she fired on Confederate shore batteries while assisting the grounded Chillicothe. Confederate return fire hit her drum and disabled her so that she had to be towed back to Cairo for repairs.

End-of-war decommissioning and saleEdit

After hostilities ended, the ship was placed out of commission at Mound City, Illinois, on 12 August 1865. Five days later, she was sold at auction to Mr. R. R. Hudson.

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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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