172 - U.S.S. Lexington

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Creator:McPherson & Oliver, photographers
Title:172 - U.S.S. Lexington

The camera stands on the bank of a river looking toward the USS Lexington, a 448-ton side-wheel steamer built in 1860 at Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, for commercial use. She was acquired for the Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla in June 1861 and converted to a "timberclad" river gunboat, with officers to be provided by the Navy. Assigned to duty on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, Lexington took part in several actions with Confederate vessels and land forces during the last four months of 1861 and early 1862. She operated on the Mississippi River during much of the rest of 1862 and was formally transferred to the Navy in October. In March-May 1864, she took part in expeditions up the Black, Ouachita, and Red rivers in Louisiana, and helped defeat an attack on White River Station, Arkansas, in June. The verso inscribed, "Lexington," though there is reason to believe this may not be the "Lexington."

Subjects:United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Photographs | Lexington (Woodclad)--Photographs | McPherson, William D., photographer | McPherson & Oliver (Studio : New Orleans, La.)
Collection:Marshall Dunham Photograph Album, circa 1861-1865.
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
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Louisiana State University Libraries, Special Collections ( http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special )

Marshall Dunham Photograph Album (Mss. 3241), Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

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Marshall Dunham Photograph Album



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