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A transport ship sinks shortly after leaving port in North Carolina, drowning seventeen soldiers

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07/20/1865
The steamship Quinnebaug departed Morehead City, North Carolina in the dawn hours bound for Fort Monroe, Virginia with three hundred soldiers aboard, including three companies of the 76th Pennsylvania and a small group from the 9th Maine.  Engine trouble and heavy weather eventually sent her to the bottom but other ships came to her aid and evacuated most of the troops safely.  Seventeen men were drowned.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Loss of the Quinnebaug: Seventeen Soldiers Drowned," Chicago Tribune, July 29, 1865, p. 3.

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