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Historic Property #SM 16  


 USS Tulip Monument,  June 15, 1940,  St. Inigoes

USS Tulip Monument
At the behest of Dr. Caleb Jones, Union troops established a refueling facility on a point of land near Cross Manor.  From this station, Union gunboats could patrol the Potomac River which served as a vital crossing of illegally smuggled supplies from St. Mary’s County to Confederate forces in Virginia.  On November 11, 1864, the USS Tulip, a converted lighthouse tender turned gunboat, departed from Cross Manor bound for Washington, DC so that its defective boiler could be repaired.  Off the coast of Piney Point, however, the boiler exploded and the ship subsequently sank.  Eight sailors who perished in the explosion could not be identified and were buried on the shore of St. Inigoes Creek near the Cross Manor Union facility.  In 1940, a small monument was erected to mark their graves.  Today, the site is publicly accessible.

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