previous next

The tin-clad “Marmora” and ram “Vinicator”

This little “tin-clad” Number 2, the “Marmora,” under Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Robert Getty, played a lively part in the operations of Admiral Porter's squadron against Vicksburg. She and the “Signal” were the “tin-clads” that reconnoitered up the torpedo-infested Yazoo, Dec. 11, 1862, and it was while protecting the “Marmora” from the Confederates along the bank that the luckless “Cairo” met her fate. The “Marmora” was with the fleet in Sherman's futile attack at Chickasaw Bayou. After the fall of Vicksburg, the squadron was divided into detachments to patrol the Mississippi and its tributaries, and the “Marmora” was assigned to the detachment of Lieutenant George M. Bache, the brave commander of the lost “Cincinnati.” He, in the little veteran “Lexington,” accompanied by the “Cricket” and “Marmora,” went up the White River where the Confederates were massing. In the middle of August, 1863, the three little gunboats completely broke up the expedition that was being set afoot by the indefatigable General Price, whom it would have required an army of 20,000 to drive back. The pontoon-bridges in the river were destroyed, completely stopping the advance, and the “Cricket” captured the two vessels in his flotilla.

A besieging “tin-clad” --the “Marmora

The ram “Vindicator” off Vicksburg


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Thomas W. Sherman (1)
Price (1)
David D. Porter (1)
Robert Getty (1)
George M. Bache (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
August, 1863 AD (1)
December 11th, 1862 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: