Admiral Farragut's Ships - USS Mississippi

This is the side-wheel steamship Mississippi, an older ship which had carried Commodore Mathew Perry to Japan in 1854.  The ship ran aground during the attempt to run past Port Hudson, and was set ablaze and abandoned by her crew.  Later in the night, the ship drifted downriver and exploded with a spectacular display which was seen from many miles away.  The Mississippi, which mounted 17 guns, had previously survived the passage of the forts below New Orleans.  (Photo from LSU Library-Suydam Collection.)


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