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USS Essex (1861-1865)
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Rubbings
Description: USS Essex, a 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat, was converted in stages from the steam ferry New Era. Originally constructed at New Albany, Indiana, in 1856, the ship was purchased in September 1861 by the U.S. Army for its Western Gunboat Flotilla. Modified into a 355-ton "timberclad" gunboat, and retaining the name New Era, she took part in an expedition up the Cumberland River in November 1861. Renamed Essex soon thereafter, she received iron armor and other changes and was then actively employed in operations during early 1862, engaging Confederate gunboats near Lucas Bend, Missouri, on 11 January. On 6 February, she was badly damaged by enemy gunfire during an attack on Fort Henry, Tennessee.During subsequent repairs, Essex' Commanding Officer, William D. Porter, spared little expense (albeit without official authorization) in upgrading his ship into one of the most powerful ironclads on the Western Rivers. Lengthened, widened, reengined, rearmored and completely altered in appearance, Essex was back in service in time for operations against Vicksburg, Mississippi, in July. On the 22th of that month she ran past the enemy fortress city, engaging and damaging the Confederate ironclad Arkansas along the way. After joining Rear Admiral Farragut's squadron as the only Federal ironclad on the lower Mississippi, she helped repel an attack on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on 5 August and was instrumental in the destruction of the Arkansas the next day.Essex was formally transferred to the Navy in October 1862 and remained active on the rivers through the rest of the Civil War. She bombarded Port Hudson, Louisiana, and helped with the occupation of Baton Rouge in December 1862. In May-July 1863 she participated in the capture of Port Hudson. She took part in the Red River expedition in March-May 1864. Essex was decommissioned in July 1865. After her sale to private interests in November of that year, she reverted to the name New Era. She was scrapped in 1870.
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Adair, Chief Samuel D 89475360
b. unknown d. Dec. 19, 1904
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Allen, Thomas 90076954
b. unknown d. Feb. 10, 1865
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Bedford, SMN James 95464355
b. unknown d. Feb. 6, 1862
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Breas, SMN John P 95465202
b. unknown d. Feb. 6, 1862
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Coffey, SMN James 95476844
b. unknown d. Feb. 6, 1862
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Gemfer, Henry 95477048
b. unknown d. Feb. 6, 1862
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Harrington, SMN Benjamin 95478205
b. unknown d. Feb. 9, 1862
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McBride, James 94822518
b. unknown d. Feb. 6, 1862
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Nichols, SMN George 95489799
b. unknown d. Feb. 19, 1862
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Allen, CDR William Herschel 48999420
b. 1856 d. Dec. 26, 1905
Arlington National Cemete...
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Abbey, SMN Truman E 89222441
b. unknown d. Nov. 27, 1890
Hope Cemetery
Perry
Wyoming County
New York, USA
Solari, Emanual 86269935
b. Apr. 8, 1847 d. May 9, 1927
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Mertz, Adm Albert 74245276
b. Mar. 26, 1851 d. Jul. 21, 1936
United States Naval Acade...
Annapolis
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
Porter, Como William Davidson 6000
b. Mar. 10, 1808 d. May 1, 1864
Woodlands Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
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