June 11, 1862

On this day the Cape Girardeau-built Red Rover accepted its first patient. It was America’s first hospital ship.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

Image by Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/) from Picryl