From: Dictionary of
American Naval Fighting Ships
A genus of flowers of the aster family.
Tug: t. 60; dr. 6'; s. 10 k.
Firefly, a paddle-wheel steam tug, was built by the
Army at St. Louis, Mo' in 1862, turned over to the Navy 1 October 1862, and
named Dahlia 24 October 1862. Assigned to the Mississippi Flotilla under
Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, Dahlia was
put into service with Acting Ensign T. Wright in command. She provided tug services in the Mississippi
and its tributaries until 17 August 1865 when she was sold at Mound City, III.
Transcribed by: Bill