|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1864, At Sea|
Benjamin G Hill, Boatswains Mate, US Navy, Civil War, Lost his life on board USS Cricket
USS Cricket (1862) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.
Cricket -- armed with six 24-pounder howitzersówas used by the Union Navy as a bombardment gunboat used to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy and to bombard riverside fortifications as required.
Cricket selected as flagship for Admiral Porter
Serving as flagship for Admiral David D. Porter, Cricket and her squadron ascended the river as far as Springfield Landing, Louisiana, when news of a Confederate victory at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, called them back to their station. Hampered by falling water and the difficulty of making sharp turns while going downstream with the current, the squadron was attacked again and again by Confederate troops as it returned to the Mississippi River.
Almost captured by Confederate boarding party while Admiral Porter was aboard
On 26 April Cricket fought off capture when a boarding attempt was made suddenly by 1,200 soldiers as she ran past a battery of 18 artillery pieces. She was struck 38 times and lost half her officers and men. She brought Admiral Porter safely to Black Hawk and sailed to Mound City for repairs.
Final operations and post-war decommissioning and sale
Out of commission from 31 May to 13 August 1864 when repairs were completed, Cricket returned to duty on the White River Station until the end of hostilities. She was decommissioned 30 June 1865 and sold 17 August 1865 at Mound City, Illinois.
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