Thomas Armstrong

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Thomas Armstrong

Death 15 Sep 1867
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 90384971 · View Source
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Thomas Armstrong, Acting 3rd Asst Engineer, US Navy, Civil War

Pension Records show service on board USS Hollyhock, USS Pensacola, USS Portsmouth, USS Fearnot and USS Port Royal

New Orleans, Louisiana, Death Records Index, 1804-1949about Thomas Armstrong
Name: Thomas Armstrong
Age: 29
Birth Year: abt 1838
Death Date: 15 Sep 1867

USS Port Royal (1862) was a double-ended steamboat acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. The steamboat was converted into an armed gunboat by the Navy, and assigned to patrol the rivers and other waterways of the Confederate States of America and to enforce the Union blockade on the South.

Built in New York

Port Royal, a wooden, double-ended, side-wheel gunboat, was launched at New York January 17, 1862 by Thomas Stack and commissioned at New York Navy Yard, April 26, 1862.
Civil War service

Departing New York May 4, Port Royal steamed to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to join the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in supporting General George McClellan's drive up the peninsula toward Richmond, Virginia. She engaged Confederate batteries at Sewell's Point, Virginia, May 8 and a week later participated in the attack on Fort Darling, Drury's Bluff, on the James River below the southern capital.

After General Robert E. Lee's brilliant seven day campaign turned back McClellan's thrust, Port Royal shifted operations to the North Carolina Sounds. She was part of the Union Naval force which reconnoitered the Neuse River, North Carolina, arid attacked Kinston, 12–December 16.

The spring of 1863 found her operating along the Florida coast. On April 20, a landing party from the ship raided Apalachicola, Florida, capturing cotton and ordnance. On May 24 a boat expedition captured sloop Fashion laden with cotton in the same area. The Union party also burned a ship repair facility at Devil's Elbow and destroyed a barge.

In ensuing months Port Royal continued to patrol the Confederate coast. In August 1864, she served with Rear Admiral David Farragut during the operations in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Port Royal then continued patrol duty through the end of the Civil War.
Post-war decommissioning

Decommissioned May 23, 1866, she was sold at Boston, Massachusetts, October 3, 1866.

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AGE 29 y C.O.D. Yellow fever

Gravesite Details BORN England DIED cor St. Joseph & New Levee


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