The Civil War in Missouri

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Captain John T. Duff

1861-1865
MHM Archives

In the Western Front, rivers such as the Mississippi River were vital transportation lines that were sought-after by both the Union and the Confederacy. John T. Duff was the captain of the armed steamer Bee and served for the Union. He and his crew participated in the victorious assault against Island No. 10. The victory opened up the Mississippi River farther south and proved the worth of armed riverboats in onslaughts on enemy forts.