Cover from Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud.
Cover from Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud.

Guide to Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud 1862-1865

MS 395

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Prepared by: David D'Onofrio

November 2008

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Purchase. Accession No. 07-06.
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1 volume.
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Historical Sketch

The U.S.S. Silver Cloud (Tinclad No. 28), a stern wheel steamer, was built in Brownsville, Pennsylvania in 1862. Seized by the Union Navy on April 1, 1863 in Cairo, Illinois, the Silver Cloud was commissioned as a gunboat on May 4, and officially purchased on May 19, 1863.

Assigned to the Mississippi Squadron, the newly commissioned gunboat was tasked with protecting Union shipping interests on the Mississippi River and its tributaries from Confederate and guerilla attack.

Notable actions taken by the Silver Cloud and her crew include the engagement of roughly 200 Confederate troops at Osceola, Arkansas in July 1863, the transport of General William Tecumseh Sherman to Vicksburg in January 1864, and assisting in the purge of Confederate soldiers and cavalry from Fort Pillow, Tennessee on April 14, 1864.

U.S.S. Silver Cloud was decommissioned on July 13, 1865 and was sold at public auction one month later. Six months after her sale, Silver Cloud sank at Buffalo Bayou, Texas, on February 27, 1866.

Scope and Content Note

The Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud, comprising one volume and two cartes de visite, spans from November 1862 to February 1865. Consisting of copies of appointments and transfer orders, the appointment and order book documents crew changes, promotions and changes of command aboard Silver Cloud.

The majority of the appointments and orders are issued by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, Captain Alexander M. Pennock of the Office of the Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Illinois, and Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter, Commander, Mississippi Squadron. Among the appointments and orders are those transferring command to Acting Master A.F. O'Niel on July 21, 1863, and O'Niel's subsequent promotion to Volunteer Lieutenant.

Included with the appointment and order book are two cartes de visite, depicting Acting Assistant Paymaster W.H. Hathorne and Acting Masters Mate Jesse M. Darrah.

Container List

Box Folder  
1 1 Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud, November 1862 - February 1865
2 Photographs, undated

Cartes de visite: Acting Assistant Paymaster W.H. Hathorne and Acting Masters Mate Jesse M. Darrah.