Jacob Amee

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Jacob Amee

  • Birth 1824 Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 31 Jan 1863 At Sea
  • Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Unknown
  • Memorial ID 84301519

Aimee, Jacob.
Gunner, 5 December, 1861. Killed on Mercedita, 31 January, 1863.

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900 about Jacob Aimee
Name: Jacob Aimee
Rank Information: Gunner
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)

American Civil War Soldiersabout Jacob Amee
Name: Jacob Amee
Residence: Massachusetts
Enlistment Date: 5 Dec 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: U.S. Navy
Service Record: Enlisted as a Gunner on 5 December 1861.
Commission in Navy Regiment U.S. Navy on 5 Dec 1861.
Killed Navy Regiment U.S. Navy on 31 Jan 1863.
Sources: 3

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profilesabout Jacob Amee
Name: Jacob Amee
Residence: Massachusetts
Enlistment Date: 12 May 1861
Rank at enlistment: Gunner
State Served: UN
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in the UN Navy on 05 Dec 1861.
Mustered out on 31 Jan 1863.
Sources: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War

Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850about Jacob Amee
Name: Jacob Amee
Gender: Male
Spouse: Lucy Ann Coolidge
Marriage Date: 6 Oct 1847
City: Cambridge
County: Middlesex
Source: Family History Library, Salt

Mercedita joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron 3 Jannary 1862 and the next day chased two vessels attempting to run the blockade; Julia and an unidentified ship ran aground trying to escape and were set afire by their crews. In March Mercedita was ordered to Apalachacola, Fla., to relieve Marion in West Pass. There she destroyed the Confederate batteries at St. Vincent's on the 21st. She and Sagamore captured Apalachacola 3 April. Mercedita pursued blockade runner Magnolia 12April, but during the chase Confederate ships Whitmore and Florida slipped through the blockade. Mercedita captured blockade runner Bermuda 27 April and schooners Victoria and Ida 12 July.

In September, she transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and arrived Charleston the 19th. She served on the blockade of Charleston Harbor until the end of January 1863. On the night of the 31st, Palmetto State and Chicora, Confederate ironclad rams, slipped out of the main ship channel of the harbor. They hoped to recapture British iron propeller Princess Royal, taken by Union blockaders 2 days earlier with two powerful steam engines for new Confederate ironclads aboard.

Mercedita, was the first Union ship the southern raiders encountered, and Palmetto State succeeded in ramming her, ripping a hole in her keel, piercing her boiler, and leaving her in a sinking condition. Challenged "Surrender or I'll sink you," Mercedita. unable to move or bring her guns to bear, struck her colors. However, the Confederate rams, eager for further action, accepted paroles for Mercedita's officers and crew, and sped off to attack Keystone State, Quaker City, and Augusta before retiring to Charleston.

Hardly captured before abandoned, Mercedita made temporary repairs before proceeding to Port Royal and Philadelphia for complete repairs. In April she was attached to the West India Squadron, to escort California steamers over part of their route, from New York to Aspinwall. Later that spring, she joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and operated from Beaufort, N.C., for much of the remainder of the year.

Joining the West Gulf Squadron in March 1865, she saw only brief action with it. In May she searched for Susquehanna. When the conflict ended, the Navy resumed its peacetime activities, protecting American citizens and their property throughout the world. Mercedita, went to Santo Domingo 3 August to protect Americans there. Arriving Ciudad de Santo Domingo 11 August, the ship found the country in an unsettled political state, but there was no sign of the reported Spanish man‑of‑war on the southern coast. Mercedita departed Santo Domingo 14 August, touching at Kingston, Jamaica 17 August for coal en route home.

Decommissioned 14 October 1865, Mercedita was sold at public auction at New York 25 October 1865, and redocumented in merchant service 9 November 1865. She was converted to a brigantine 16 June 1879.

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  • Added: 31 Jan 2012
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