A city in Illinois.

(SwStr: dp. 974; 1. 235'6"; b. 35'; dr. 9'3"; cpl. 137; a. 4 8" D. sb. guns, 2 60-pdr. P. r., 2 24-pdr. D. how., 2 20-pdr. D. how.)

The first Peoria, a double-ended sidewheel steamer was built at the New York Navy Yard; launched 29 October 1863; and commissioned 26 December 1866, Comdr. Oscar C. Badger in command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic station, Peoria got underway from New York 6 January 1867 for shakedown along the southeast coast. Returning to Hampton Roads, Va., 12 March, she sailed 14 April for the West Indies. Touching at the Virgin Islands, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Leeward Islands, she then turned north to Hampton Roads before dropping anchor at Portsmouth, N.H. 28 July 1867. Peoria decommissioned there 5 September 1867, and was sold 26 August 1868.