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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
g these vessels, as they performed such remarkable service all through the war, and notwithstanding their defects and the vicissitudes they experienced, no vessels in the Navy engaged in so many successful battles or made such a record for their commanding officers. Within two weeks after the contract with Eads was signed, four thousand men were busily engaged in constructing the vessels. The work was pushed night and day, and on the 12th of October, 1861, the St. Louis was launched at Carondelet, Missouri, forty-five days after her keel was laid. When this vessel was transferred with the others to the Navy Department, her name was changed to Baron deKalb. as there was already a St. Louis in the Navy. In the course of the succeeding twenty days the Carondelet, Cincinnati, Louisville. Mound City, Cairo and Pittsburg followed in rapid succession. An eighth vessel, the Benton, superior in every respect to the above, was undertaken. She was originally a wrecking boat, purchased by