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USS Roanoke (1855)

Service history[edit] Steam frigate serviceRoanoke launched on 13 December 1855 at Norfolk Navy Yard; and commissioned 4 May 1857, Captain John B. Montgomery in command.Assigned to the Home Squadron as flagship, Roanoke's first duty was to return the American filibuster and former President of Nicaragua, William Walker, and 205 of his men to the United States. Sailing for Aspinwall, Colombia, (now called Colón, Panamá), on 30 May 1857, Roanoke returned on 4 August with Walker and his followers. Subsequently, Roanoke was sent to Boston Navy Yard where she decommissioned on 24 September 1857.Recommissioned on 18 August 1858, Roanoke resumed her duties as flagship of the Home Squadron. Roanoke devoted the following months to cruising in the West Indies, carrying the U.S. Minister at Bogotá, George W. Jones, to Aspinwall and Cartagena. For over a year, she was stationed at Aspinwall awaiting the arrival of a special Japanese embassy to the United States. The Japanese delegation, traveling to Washington to exchange ratifications of the 1858 treaty, departed Yokohama on 13 February 1860 in the frigate USS Powhatan and reached Aspinwall by a train across the isthmus on 25 April 1860. The Roanoke embarked the delegation and reached Hampton Roads on 12 May 1860 and was decommissioned.Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, Roanoke recommissioned on 20 June 1861. Attached to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, she destroyed the schooner Mary off Lockwood's Inlet, N.C., on 13 July 1861. The screw frigate subsequently took part in the capture of the schooners Albion and Alert and helped take the ship Thomas Watson off Charleston, S.C., on 15 October 1861.During the attack of the CSS Virginia (the former USS Merrimack) on Union warships in Hampton Roads, 8 March 1862, Roanoke's deep draft prevented her from engaging the Confederate casement ram and kept her out of action the next day when the Virginia engaged the Union turreted ironclad, USS Monitor. Roanoke embarked 268 men from the USS Congress and USS Cumberland which Virginia had sunk, transported them north, and arrived at New York City on 25 March, and decommissioned the same day.[edit] Ironclad serviceRoanoke after her conversion to an ironclad.Under the direction of the Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, John Lenthall, and the Chief of Steam Engineering, Benjamin F. Isherwood, Roanoke began an extensive modification at Novelty Iron Works, N.Y. Roanoke was cut down to a low-freeboard ship and given three revolving Ericsson centerline turrets. Instead of the usual series of 1 in. laminated plates for hull armor, Roanoke featured one-piece 4.5 in. slabs. She kept her single funnel but landed her full ship rig, and in her new configuration was accepted by the Navy at New York Navy Yard on 16 April 1863. An ordnance report, dated 31 August 1863, listed her battery as follows: fore turret 1 x 15 in. Dahlgren smoothbore, 1 x 150-pounder rifle; middle turret 1 x 15 in. Dahlgren, 1 x 11 in. Dahlgren; after turret, 1 x 11 in. Dahlgren, 1 x 150-pounder rifle.Sea trials indicated that her heavy turrets caused her to roll dangerously in a seaway, and that her hull was not sufficiently strong to bear their weight and the concussion of the continuous firing. Recommissioned on 29 June 1863, Roanoke was assigned as harbor defense ship at Hampton Roads, Virginia, a duty she performed through the end of the Civil War.Roanoke was decommissioned on 20 June 1865 at New York Navy Yard. Retained in reserve, Roanoke's only postwar service was as flagship of the Port Admiral at New York. Roanoke was recommissioned on 13 January 1874 and remained in reduced commission until again placed in reserve on 12 June 1875. Struck from the list on 5 August 1882, Roanoke was sold for scrapping on 27 September 1883 at Chester, Pennsylvania, to E. Stannard & Co., Westbrook, Connecticut.

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Lt John Strong Abbott

Lt John Strong Abbott

22 Sep 1846 – 16 Mar 1889

Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA

SMN John Able
No grave photo

SMN John Able

1835 – 27 Dec 1890

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA

 James M. Adams

James M. Adams

unknown – 4 Mar 1870

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

SMN Andrew Anderson

SMN Andrew Anderson

unknown – 25 Sep 1893

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Alexander Steward Askins
No grave photo

Alexander Steward Askins

unknown – 26 Aug 1875
Body lost or destroyed
 Patrick Bagley

Patrick Bagley

unknown – 30 Sep 1882

Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA

 John A Bingham
No grave photo

John A Bingham

Birth and death dates unknown.
Body lost or destroyed
Pvt Charles Blum
No grave photo

Pvt Charles Blum

23 May 1843 – 25 Mar 1915

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA

SMN William Bowen
No grave photo

SMN William Bowen

unknown – 5 Jun 1869

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA

 Stephen Cawood

Stephen Cawood

unknown – 14 Dec 1898

Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA

SMN Lewis Cotte

SMN Lewis Cotte

unknown – 29 Feb 1888

Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA

 Patrick J Doolan

Patrick J Doolan

unknown – 24 May 1902

Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA

Como William Henry Gardner

Como William Henry Gardner

1800 – 18 Dec 1870

Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA

 Benjamin Franklin Isherwood

Benjamin Franklin Isherwood

6 Oct 1822 – 19 Jun 1915

Civil War Union Navy Rear Admiral. Born in New...

Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA

 William Nicholson Jeffers

William Nicholson Jeffers

16 Oct 1824 – 23 Jul 1883

United States Naval Officer. He joined the United...

Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA

 George Wallace Jones

George Wallace Jones

12 Apr 1804 – 22 Jul 1896

Democrat Congressman from Iowa. He served as a...

Key West, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA

 Webster Lane

Webster Lane

24 Sep 1833 – 18 Dec 1889

Chappaqua, Westchester County, New York, USA

 John Lenthall

John Lenthall

16 Sep 1807 – 11 Apr 1882

Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA

 John Berrien Montgomery

John Berrien Montgomery

17 Nov 1794 – 25 Mar 1873

United States Naval Officer. A native of New...

Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA

 William Lloyd Pennell
No grave photo

William Lloyd Pennell

21 Sep 1815 – 9 Dec 1876
Body lost or destroyed

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