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SMN William W Fisher
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Birth: 1802
Death: Nov. 8, 1877

William W Fisher, Seaman, USN, USS Vandalia, Civil War, 36 Years Service

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 about William W Fisher
Name: William W Fisher
Birth Date: abt 1802
Birth Place: Phila
Death Date: 8 Nov 1877
Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age at Death: 75
Burial Date: Nov 1877
Gender: Male
Race: White
Occupation: Beneficiary U S N
Cemetery: Mount Moriah
Marital Status: Single
FHL Film Number: 2028252

Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 about William W Fisher
Name: William W Fisher
Birth Date: 1802
Death Date: 8 Nov 1877
Age: 75
Military Branch: Navy
Veteran of Which War: U.S. Civil War
Cemetery Name: Mount Moriah Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Yeadon, Pennsylvania

The first Vandalia was an 18-gun sloop-of-war in the United States Navy during the Second Seminole War and the American Civil War. She was named for the city of Vandalia, Illinois.

Civil War, 18601863

Vandalia was recommissioned on 8 November 1860 and assigned to duty with the East Indies Squadron. With the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861, Vandalia was called back home and assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron on 31 May for blockade duty off Charleston and Bull's Bay, South Carolina. There, she captured the schooner Henry Middleton on 21 August and assisted in the capture of the sailing ship Thomas Watson in 15 October. The vessel also participated in the successful amphibious assault upon Roanoke Island, North Carolina, on 7 November and 8 November. This victory closed the supply lines to Confederate-held Norfolk Navy Yard and was largely responsible for the evacuation of that vital naval facility six months later. Vandalia put into New York on 24 November to deliver the officers and crew of the wrecked steamer Governor.

Vandalia soon returned to duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and was deployed off Tybee Roads, Georgia, in December. She remained at Tybee until April 1862, at which time she was ordered to proceed to the blockade at Wassaw Sound, Georgia. The sloop returned to Port Royal, South Carolina, in late June and took up blockade duty off Charleston in July.[3] She served at Port Royal as a guardship in September and was repaired and resupplied there in November. Later that month and in December, she cruised along the outside line of the blockade off Charleston and Port Royal Bay, performing reconnaissance duties as well as giving practical sailing experience to recent Naval Academy graduates. On 29 December, the vessel was ordered north for major structural repairs at New York, having sprung a leak under her magazine.

Vandalia was decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 4 February 1863 and then sailed for Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 17 October for use as a receiving and guard ship. She remained at Portsmouth until broken up there sometime between 1870 and 1872.

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Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: USNH Plot 2 Row 16 Grave 12
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: Mar 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86922920
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