Bits and Pieces
Life on the River
Civil War Boats
Wheeling W. Va.
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"The Queen City #26 is not listed. It was a Union
gunboat that was sank in the White river at Clarendon Arkansas
during the civil war. Folklore tells that it was carrying a
union payroll of 150,000 dollars in Gold 20 dollar Golden Eagle
coins and that it was retreived from the wreckage by a man named
John Crittenhouse who then buried it in a cave in the area after
Government demanded its return after the war. He then died carrying
the secret of its location to his grave.
My investigation actually shows that this isn't true. According
to my sources the boat could not have been transporting payroll
to Little Rock. It had actually been sitting in the white river
for over a month under orders to gaurd and keep waterway clear
for troop transports in the area it also terrorized the citizens
of Clarendon for a while. Hearing that the boat was there Gen.
Joseph O. Shelby confederate gen. went to the area and brought
a big gun and hid on the banks of the white rive and shelled
the gunboat, crippling it He brought to shore Military records
showthat there was a captured paymaster store amount unknown.
The ship was then set ablaze and returned to the river to burn
In 1977 divers from the University of Missouri Underwater Archeologist
dove for the ship They found a vessel and carried debris back
to Missouri to be tested but could not confirm it was the QueenCity