USS De Soto

The USS De Soto was a sidewheel wooden steamer purchased 21 August 1861 at New York, armed and commissioned with CDR William M. Walker commanding.

She sailed for the Gulf on 19 November 1861, arriving off Southwest Pass 11 December 1861. She was sent north for repairs in the autumn of 1862 and upon return in February 1863, was re-assigned to the East Gulf Squadron.

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  • Dimensions: Length, 253'; beam, 38'; depth, 26"; tonnage, 1675.

    Battery (as of 31 DEC 1862): 1 IX-inch Dahlgren S. B., 1 30-pdr Parrott rifle, 6 32 pdr cwt, 2 12-pdr S.B.



      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    Stephen ManningOrdinary Seaman23 February 186221


    killed in action
    prisoner of war
    died of disease or injury
    died of yellow fever
    ø died due to vessel loss
    died in ordnance accident
    buried on land in marked grave
    buried/lost at sea
    🎖 Medal of Honor recipient
    transcribed letters of sailor/marine posted

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