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John Murray Whittemore
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1835
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1861
South Carolina, USA

John Murray Whittemore, 3rd Assistant Engineer, US Navy, Civil War, Killed on board USS Mohican

The first USS Mohican was a steam sloop of war in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. She was named for the Mohican tribe.

Mohican was laid down by Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, in August 1858; launched on 15 February 1859; and commissioned on 29 November 1859, Commander Sylvanus William Godon in command.

Pre-Civil War
African Squadron, 1859-1861

Assigned to the African Squadron, Mohican departed Portsmouth on 19 January 1860 for the South Atlantic and for the next year and one-half cruised on patrol against pirates and slavers off the coasts of Africa and at times Brazil. On 8 August, the sloop captured the slaver Erie commanded by Nathaniel Gordon off the Congo and forced that ship to unload its captive cargo at Monrovia, Liberia. She remained on station until sailing for home on 13 August 1861.
Civil War
Battle of Port Royal, 1861

Following her arrival at Boston, Massachusetts on 27 September, she sailed to join Flag Officer Samuel Du Pont's South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Departing Norfolk, Virginia on 29 October for Port Royal, South Carolina, as part of the largest U.S. naval squadron assembled to that time, the sloop steamed in the battleline on 7 November as Du Pont's squadron pounded Fort Walker on Hilton Head Island, forcing the Confederates to abandon the emplacement, thereby allowing a combined Union Army and Navy Force to land and occupy this important base of operations. Mohican was hit six times by Confederate shells in this engagement, suffering superficial hull damage and having one man killed and seven wounded. One of the wounded officers was Acting Master Isaac D. Seyburn.
Blockade duty, 1861-1862

The steamer sailed to Charleston Bar at the end of November accompanying part of the "Stone Fleet", and stood by while these ships were scuttled on 1819 December to obstruct channels to Confederate ports in the Carolinas and Georgia. The warship then operated off the southern coast with steamer Bienville, searching for Confederate shipping, capturing British blockade runner Arrow off Fernandina, Florida on 25 February 1862. In company with sloop Pocahontas and schooner Potomska, she took possession of St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island near Brunswick, Georgia on 910 March, but found them deserted because of a general Confederate withdrawal from the seacoast and coastal islands. In early April, Mohican reconnoitered the Wilmington River to determine the best way of obstructing it, helping to cut off Fort Pulaski from Savannah as part of the projected attack on that fort and then operated out of St. Simons Bay, Georgia, on blockade until ordered to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 29 June. The ship decommissioned there on 9 July.

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  Thomas Whittemore (1800 - 1861)
  Thomas Whittemore (1822 - 1872)*
  Lovice Corbett Whittemore Cowles (1826 - 1897)*
  Joseph Whittemore (1833 - 1894)*
  John Murray Whittemore (1835 - 1861)
  Benjamin Bruce Whittemore (1838 - 1876)*
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Mount Auburn Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: SORREL PATH, Lot 2007
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: Aug 04, 2012
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John Murray Whittemore
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Buried 5 Dec 1861 at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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