The Neptune was a sternwheel wooden hull packet(150×39.5×4) built in California, PA and finished in Pittsburgh in 1856. Capt Adam Poe was her first master and part owner with others principally from Georgetown, PA. The original ownership was divided as follows:
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The Neptune was used in the Pittsburgh to St Louis commerce.
At the outbreak of the war, the Neptune was sold to Capt John Kyle of Cincinnati, Oh. She was used in the Cincinnati to Memphis trade and along the Cumberland River. I suspect this use was transporting Army troops and supplies. On 19 Mar 1862, she smashed into the Clarksville Bridge and was a total loss.
 Frederick Way, Jr.,Way’s Packet Directory, 1848-1994, (Ohio University Press, Athens 1994), p. 342
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