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| USNS Charles H. Davis (T-AGOR-5)
In 1861, he was promoted to Captain. In the American Civil War, he was given command of the Mississippi Flotilla and fought a short battle with Confederate ships near Fort Pillow on May 11, 1862. Three of their eight attacking ships were disabled with only minor damage to one of the defending Union ships. On June 8, he fought in the Battle of Memphis, resulting in Davis delivering the demand to surrender (which was accepted) to the troops there. In July, he fought in the Battle of Vicksburg, but was forced to withdraw. (At this time, he was also promoted to Commodore.) In August, he proceeded up the Yazoo River and successfully seized Confederate supplies and munitions there. After this excursion, he was made Chief of the Bureau of Navigation and returned to Washington, D.C.. On February 7, 1863, he was promoted to Rear Admiral. From 1865 to 1867, he was the Superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory. In 1867, he was given command of the South Atlantic squadron and was given the USS Guerriere as his flagship. In 1869, he returned home and served both on the Lighthouse Board as well as in the Naval Observatory.
Several ships of the United States Navy are also named in his honor: the torpedo boat Davis (TB-12) and the destroyers Davis (DD-65) and USS Davis (DD-395).
Digital ID: cph 3c04940 Source: Library of Congress
|69k||USNS Charles H. Davis (T-AGOR-5) launching, 30 June 1962, at Christy Corp, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|99k||USNS Charles H. Davis (T-AGOR-5) underway in Boston Harbor, 30 January 1963, five days after being placed in service.
Boston Naval Shipyard photo ASF #876, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10659
|Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.|
|91k||USNS Charles H. Davis (T-AGOR-5) underway, circa 1964, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
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|29k||Ex-HMNZS Tui (ex Charles H. Davis) being sunk as an artificial reef at Tutukaka NZ, 20 February 1999.||Photo courtesy Dive Tutukaka web site|
|29k||Ex-HMNZS Tui (ex Charles H Davis) sinking at Tutukaka NZ, 20 February 1999.||Photo courtesy
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