A steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Cricketarmed with six 24-pounder howitzerswas used by the Union Navy as a bombardment gunboat used to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy and to bombard riverside fortifications as required. Between 4 February and 7 April 1863, Cricket served on guard duty at Memphis, Tennessee, during which time she seized a quantity of cotton on Delta and Forest Queen on 15 March and landed it at Cairo.Reassigned to the White River Station between Memphis and the Arkansas River, Cricket patrolled the Mississippi River to prevent the crossing of Confederate troops and supplies and to keep the banks free from hidden batteries and guerrillas. She engaged a battery above Argyle Landing on 2 May and another near Greenville, Mississippi, on 4 May. In August 1863 she joined USS Lexington and USS Marmora in an expedition up the White River. Cricket continued into the Little Red River and on 14 August captured the last two Confederate army transports in the area, Kaskaskia and Thomas Sugg, returning to the Mississippi River under frequent musket fire from Southern troops ashore. In November and December 1863 Cricket convoyed troop transports on the Tennessee River and cleared the river banks of guerrillas, as she supported Union Army movements. She then joined the naval forces on the Red River Station, and participated in an expedition up the Black and Ouachita Rivers in Louisiana from 29 February to 5 March 1864, supporting the Army. 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. 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.
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