A side wheel merchant steamer was captured by the Union Navy April 27th 1862, becoming the USS Diana.
The Union Navy captured a side wheel merchant steamer on April 27th 1862 at New Orleans, Louisiana. The side wheeler was named the USS Diana and was turned over to Union General Benjamin F Butler. The Diana had been built in 1858 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania and was a 239 ton side wheeler. She went to work for the Union Army as a transport ship until November 1862, when she returned to Union naval service. During the time the Diana was in service with the navy she assisted in the capture of 2 blockade runners, an attack on the Confederate hold of Bayou Teche, Louisiana, and the destruction of the CSS J A Cotton in January 1863.
On March 28th 1863 while preforming reconnaissance in Grand Lake, Louisiana the Diana was recaptured by the Confederates. A few weeks letter a Union force destroyed her.