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Ens Edward Winnemore
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1828
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1864
Pennsylvania, USA

Edward Winnemore, Acting Ensign, USN, Civil War, Died of wounds recieved on board USS Yamtic

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900about Edward Winnemore
Name: Edward Winnemore
Rank Information: Acting Ensign
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915about Edward Winnemore
Name: Edward Winnemore
Birth Date: abt 1829
Birth Place: Philada
Death Date: 24 Dec 1864
Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age at Death: 35
Burial Date: Feb 1865
Gender: Male
Race: White
Occupation: Ensign U S Navy
Street Address: 1104 So 2nd So
Cemetery: Mt Moriah Cemetery
Marital Status: Married
FHL Film Number: 1986718

USS Yantic (IX-32), a wooden-hulled screw gunboat built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, was launched on 19 March 1864 and commissioned on 12 August 1864, Lieutenant Commander Thomas C. Harris in command. She was named after the Yantic River.

Civil War, 1864–1865

The day after her commissioning, 13 August, 1864, Yantic — in company with the tugs Aster and Moccasin — sailed in pursuit of the Confederate privateer CSS Tallahassee. The gunboat went to the northward and eastward of Nantucket during her cruise but, as her commanding officer reported, "obtained no information to justify a longer search for the piratical vessel." Consequently, after a week at sea, Yantic returned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard and commenced her post-trial repairs.

Meanwhile, CSS Tallahassee had left Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 13:00 on 20 August, before any Federal warships could arrive, setting in motion a search. Agitation in Washington over Tallahassee resulted in Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles' sending identical telegrams to the commandants of the navy yards at New York and Philadelphia on the 20th, each asking what vessels were ready for sea.

Yantic subsequently received orders directing her to proceed to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where she was to await further orders. She arrived there at 10:00 on 13 September. Yantic later operated off the eastern seaboard between Hampton Roads and New York and, on 1 November, visited Halifax — a port swarming with "secessionists and other sympathizers" — to obtain information on the activities of CSS Olustee (as the Confederates had renamed Tallahassee).

After the Confederate ship had managed to elude her pursuers, Yantic joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington, North Carolina. During the Union's first attempt to take Fort Fisher, N.C., on Christmas Eve 1864, the screw gunboat suffered her first casualties. At 15:00 that afternoon, during the bombardment phase of the action, the ship's 100-pounder rifled gun burst, mortally wounding the division officer, the gun captain, and four men. On his own initiative, Commander Harris — thinking his ship "badly shattered" and not knowing the extent of the damage — ordered his ship hauled out of line. After obtaining medical assistance from the steamer Fort Jackson and reporting the assessed damage to the flagship Malvern, Harris took Yantic back into action, opening fire with his remaining effective guns, the 30-pounder rifle and a 9-inch Dahlgren gun.

On Christmas Day 1864, Yantic assisted in the debarking of the troops of General Benjamin Butler and covered the landing operations. At 1400, on the 25th, as Lieutenant Commander Harris later reported, the troops landed "amidst deafening and encouraging cheers from the men-of-war and from the troops still aboard the transports, cheers which were echoed by the fleet by a fire that elicited but a feeble response from the fort." General Butler, however, "to the surprise and mortification of all" (as Harris later recounted), recalled the troops; and the landing operation ceased.

The first Union attempt to reduce and take Fort Fisher thus proved to be a dismal failure; but, before another attempt was made, General Butler was replaced by a more dynamic and aggressive man, Major General Alfred Terry. Yantic provided a landing party and gunfire support for the second amphibious attack that commenced on 13 January 1865. In the action — a bloody one in which the sailors and marines of the naval landing force charged on the run into withering Confederate gunfire and suffered accordingly grievous casualties in the frontal assault — Fort Fisher was finally taken on 15 January. During the battle, Yantic lost three men — two on 15 January and one, who had been wounded mortally on the 15th, who died on the 20th.

The next month, Yantic participated in the capture of Fort Anderson, N.C., between 17 and 19 February, in her second major landing operation in a little over a month. For the remainder of the Civil War, Yantic served on blockade duties, as part of the successful Union interdiction operation, preventing trade by sea with the Confederacy.

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Philadelphia Public Ledger

January 13, 1864

WINNEMORE - Killed December 24, 1864, Edward Winnemore, acting Ensign onboard U.S. Steamer Yantic, by the explosion of a 100 lb Porrati gun whilst bombarding Ft. Fischer.

Due notice of the funeral will be given if the body is recovered.


1/14/1865 Philadelphia Inquirer

WINNEMORE – Killed, Dec. 24, 1864, Edward Winnemore, Acting Ensign United States…Yantic, by the explosion of a 100-pound Parrott gun whilst bombarding Fort Fisher.

Philadelphia Public Ledger

February 20, 1865

Eldest son of the late Captain Henry and Susanna Winnemore, by the explosion of a 100 lb Porrati gun whilst bombarding Ft. Fischer.

The relatives and friends also the Independent Lodge #55 I.O.O.F. are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his sister, 1104 S. 2nd Street on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock to proceed to Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Married to Priscilla Sparks 10/9/1853

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  Priscilla Sparks Winnemore (____ - 1891)*
  Wm H Winnemore (1855 - 1858)*
  Edward Winnemore (1860 - 1942)*
  William Henry Winnemore (1862 - 1865)*
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Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 27 #247
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: Aug 08, 2012
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Ens Edward Winnemore
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