During her lifetime, USS
Tecumseh was involved in a number of notable
operations along the James River.
To guard Union shipping against Confederate forces,
the Union Army and Navy worked closely together by
blocking the channel to prevent Confederate warships
from coming down the upper navigable reaches of the
James. The USS Tecumseh was instrumental during
these operations, sinking four hulks and a schooner.
USS Tecumseh's most famous event was the Battle of
Mobile Bay. In this battle, 18 Union ships
crossed the bar at flood tide and moved into the
bay. Tecumseh led a van of monitors, which
included USS Manhattan, USS Winnebago, and USS
Chickasaw to passed between the fortified headlands,
to starboard of the wooden frigates, in order to
take the fire from the heavy guns from Fort Morgan.
When Tecumseh veered left to engage the the heavy
ironclad ram CSS Tennessee, she hit an underwater
mine and sank rapidly with its captain and 92