USS Victoria (1855)
USS Victoria (1855) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy
Union Navy
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 during the American Civil War
American Civil War
The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...


Victoria was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat
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 in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate
Confederate States of America
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Victoria -- a wooden steamer built at Kensington, Pennsylvania, in 1855 -- was purchased by the Union Navy at New York City
New York City
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 on 26 December 1861 for blockade duty during the Civil War; and was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 13 March 1862, Lt.