Sinking of the Tug Clevelend

History of the Marine Brigade, p 276

The 23rd [of April, 1863] was an unfortunate day for the fleet. During that day, the [Steamer] Diana ran aground, and the tug Cleveland was sunk by running across the bows of the Diana, in an attempt to run alongside of her while she was still under way. The competent sailing master of the Autocrat, Samuel Henecks, at once set about the difficult task of raising the tug, and the following day had her again afloat. While lying at this point a large quantity of lumber, which had been worked up in a sawmill near by, was confiscated and brought to the boats. Early on the morning of the 25th, the fleet sailed again down stream. Landing at Clifton, which seemed to be a guerrilla rallying center, the infantry was put ashore and went into the country a distance of some four or five miles, but failed to find the enemy – reported to be in this section in some force. Upon this trip a large distillery was found and burned.

Vicksburg Illinois Memorial

Some photos from Vicksburg, June 2004.

Illinois Memorial at Vicksburg

Illinois Memorial

Vicksburg Illinois Memorial plaque
A portion of the plaque inside the Illinois Memorial.

“This tablet, contains the names so far as they can be ascertained, of the officers and men from Illinois, who served upon the staff of General Grant, or of the Corps, Division and brigade commanders, and also those from Illinois, who served in the Navy or Mississippi Marine Brigade during the campaign and siege of Vicksburg. Those, and the names inscribed in bronze on the interior of this memorial were compiled by the Illinois-Vicksburg Military Park Commission from the Records of the State of Illinois.”

Vicksburg Illinois Monument plaque detail

Plaque Detail

Vicksburg Ellet monument

Ellet on Navy Memorial

Updated 6/2012.