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The U. S. S. Red Rover

 

 

Several Peoria citizens found their way to the Union Hospital ship USS Red Rover through the Civil War. While no documentation can be found to suggest that this ship ever sailed the Illinois River, many of Peoria's men found themselves as "residents" for a short period of time. For this reason, I include this steamship in the history of Peoria.

Commissioned as USS Red Rover in December 1862, she was used for the rest of the Civil War as hospital ship for the Mississippi Squadron. Her medical complement included nurses from the Catholic order Sisters of the Holy Cross, the first female nurses to serve on board a Navy ship. In addition to caring for and transporting sick and wounded men, she provided medical supplies to Navy ships along the Western Rivers. USS Red Rover was stationed at Mound City, Illinois, from December 1864 until November 1865, when she was decommissioned and sold.

 

 

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