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In the Blakeley River east of Mobile, Alabama, the U.S.S. Milwaukee hits a mine and sinks in three minutes

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
03/28/1865
The U.S.S. Milwaukee was a 1300-ton, 250 foot double-turret monitor attached to the Union fleet threatening Spanish Fort in the Blakeley River in Alabama, east of Mobile. During operations there she fell victim to a Confederate mine that exploded under her stern and sank in minutes. None of the approximately 130 Union sailors aboard lost their lives, however.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
W. Craig Gaines, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Baton Rouge, La: Louisiana State University Press, 2008), 4. 

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