Thursday, March 12, 2015

The SS General Lyon Disaster-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

The U.S. Army transport General Lyon (not to be confused with the USS General Lyon, a Navy sidewheel steamer, was a screw steamer of 1026 tons built in East Hadden, Connecticut, in the spring of 1864.  It was chartered by the Federal government in March 1864 and took part in the battles at Battery Wagner, S.C., Bermuda Hundred in Virginia and both battles of Fort Fisher.

Late in the war it was used extensively to carry Federal troops from Wilmington, N.C., to Fortress Monroe or New York.  It sailed from Wilmington on March 28, 1865 with a large number of discharged soldiers returning from war, paroled prisoners (as in the case of James O'Rorke), 120 refugees and civilians.

--Old Secesh

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