USS Brilliant (1862)
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||August 13, 1862|
|Commissioned:||October 2, 1862|
|Decommissioned:||circa early 1865|
|Fate:||sold, August 17, 1865|
|Length:||154 ft 8 in (47.14 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)|
|Draught:||5 ft (1.5 m)|
Brilliant, a wooden stern-wheel steamer, was built in 1862 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and purchased by the War Department, August 13, 1862 at St. Louis, Missouri; transferred to the Navy with the Western Flotilla October 1, 1862; and commissioned the following day. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Charles G. Perkins in command.
Assigned to the Mississippi Squadron
After undergoing repairs Brilliant sailed from St. Louis, Missouri, September 25, 1862 to join the Mississippi Squadron at Cairo, Illinois. Throughout the Civil War she operated very actively on the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers until August 2, 1865.
Assisting in driving off Confederate attackers of Fort Donelson
On February 3, 1863 she assisted in repelling the Confederate attack on Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and from December 3 until December 16, 1864 supported the Union Army's attack on Nashville, Tennessee.