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William Rhodes

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 9 Mar 1862 At Sea
  • Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: USS Congress
  • Memorial ID 94857748

William Rhodes, Pilot, US Navy, Civil War, Killed on board USS Congress.

USS Congress (1841) — the fourth United States Navy ship to carry that name — was a sailing frigate, like her predecessor, USS Congress (1799).

Congress served with distinction in the Mediterranean, South Atlantic Ocean, and in the Pacific Ocean. She continued to operate as an American warship until the American Civil War, where she was sunk by the ironclad CSS Virginia in battle off Newport News, Virginia.

Mexican-American War operations

Congress was recommissioned on 15 September 1845, as flagship of Cmdre. Robert F. Stockton and sailed for the Pacific Ocean in late October. After landing the U.S. Commissioner to the Sandwich Islands at Honolulu, Hawaii on 10 June, she proceeded to Monterey Bay where she joined the Pacific Squadron. Capt. Elie A. F. La Vallette assumed command on 20 July employing her along the west coast during the Mexican-American War.

Large detachments of her crew participated in battles on Rio San Gabriel and the plains of La Mesa, and in the occupation of Los Angeles. She assisted in the bombardment and capture of Guaymas in October 1847, and in November furnished a detachment which aided in the occupation of Mazatlán. On 23 August 1848, she departed La Paz, Baja California Sur for Norfolk, Virginia, arriving the following January to be placed in ordinary.

The frigate was launched at the Portsmouth Navy Yard on 16 August 1841 and placed in commission under Captain Philip Voorhees on 7 May 1842.

The Philadelphia Naval Asylum, later the Naval Home, was a hospital, the Philadelphia Naval School, and a home for retired sailors for the United States Navy from 1834 to 1976, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Located on over 20 acres (81,000 m2), the central building, Biddle Hall, was completed in 1833. Biddle Hall, the surgeon's residence and the governor's residence were all designed by architect William Strickland. They are considered some of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States.[by whom?] The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

One of the uses of the Naval Asylum was for the Philadelphia Naval School, an academy for midshipmen that was a precursor of the United States Naval Academy. Beginning in 1838, midshipmen approaching examinations for promotion were assigned to the school for eight months of study. William Chauvenet was placed in charge of the school in 1842 and formalized much of the study. When the United States Naval Academy was formed in 1845, four of the seven faculty members came from the Philadelphia school.

The name was changed to Naval Home in 1889. In 1976, the Naval Home relocated to Gulfport, Mississippi, after it was determined that the Philadelphia facility could not be economically expanded and modernized.

The property was sold to residential developer Toll Brothers in 1988. The main building was the victim of arson in 2003. It has since been restored and designed as luxury condomiums.

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  • Created by: Rubbings
  • Added: 5 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94857748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Rhodes (unknown–9 Mar 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94857748, ; Maintained by Rubbings (contributor 47671529) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a USS Congress.