The Civil War in Missouri

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USS Lafayette

ca. 1862
MHM Photographs and Prints

James B. Eads converted two side-wheel steamers to ironclad gunboats at the Carondelet shipyard. The Lafayette, one of those converted ships, was completed and commissioned at Cairo, Illinois, in the fall of 1862.