TIL USS Red Rover (1859) was a 650-ton Confederate States of America steamer that the United States Navy captured. After refitting the vessel, the Union used it as a hospital ship during the American Civil War.

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Huh. I played Red Rover in 1973 and I have a feeling some kid might have played this in 1873. Never knew the root of the playground game. Now I do. Thanks OP.


“Red Rover, Red Rover, send another warship over! We’ll take that one too.”


The initial medical processing at Navy Bootcamp is also called USS Red Rover


I mean if it was built in 1859 it wasn’t originally Confederate either. Sounds like it was originally a merchant ship.


There was no Confederate States of America. Just a bunch of racist losers who lost a fight they started.