Rare Naval killed in action cdv. Identified image of Acting Ensign Edward Vance, who was killed on July 4th, 1864 on board the USS Peosta at Paducah, Kentucky.
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"USS Peosta (1857) – also known as "Tinclad" # 36 --was a steamboat acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Peosta was outfitted as an armed gunboat, with heavy guns for battles at sea, and large howitzers for shore bombardment. She served on the rivers and other waterways of the Confederate States of America enforcing the Union blockade on the South.
Assigned to the Naval forces on the Tennessee River, Peosta departed Cairo 28 October and arrived at Paducah, Kentucky, 3 November.
Remaining on the Tennessee River throughout the Civil War, she cruised between Paducah and Eastport, Mississippi, to protect Union shipping and support Union Army activities. In the spring of 1864 she assisted in halting a Confederate land and river offensive against Paducah as they moved through Union lines to repossess defenses along the river.
On 25 March 1864, she engaged Confederate troops at Paducah, Kentucky."