The U.S.S. Fairplay Tinclad Gunboat at Nashville
Acting Master George J. Groves – Ships Captain
This tinclad gunboat was a Confederate transport captured by the Union Navy at Milliken’s Bend, Louisanna on 18 August 1862. It was the initial command vessel in the battle of Bell’s Bend for the Navy flotilla. After the second engagement with the Confederates the tinclad was severely damaged. Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander LeRoy Fitch then decided to transfer his flag from the U.S.S. Fairplay to the more heavily armored U.S.S. Neosho.
U.S.S. Fairplay – wikipedia