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USS Wyoming (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Purple Heart (4 KIA, 7 WIA, Strait of Shimonoseki, 14 July 1863,)
Wyoming Class Screw Sloop of War:
Laid down in July 1858, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Launched 19 January 1859
Commissioned USS Wyoming in October 1859, CDR. John K. Mitchell in command
USS Wyoming was at San Francisco, at the out break of the Civil War. Ordered to remain in the vicinity CDR. Mitchell, a Southerner, violated his orders and sailed to Panama, causing him to lose his command and subsequent dismissal from the service
USS Wyoming received a new commanding officer at San Francisco CDR. David Stockton McDougal, and on 9 August 1861 proceeded to the coast of Lower California to protect American whaling interests against possible incursions by Confederate cruisers, operating in South American waters into 1862.
Repaired at Mare Island USS Wyoming was assigned to the Far East in search of Confederate cruisers
especially CSS Alabama and to also "show the flag" in Japan protecting American citizen and interests
To that extent she fought a battle in the Strait of Shimonoseki on 14 July 1863, with ships of the Daimyo Choshiu, victorious she was holed eleven times and suffered eleven casualties
Arrived, 13 July 1864, Philadelphia Navy Yard, for repairs, immediately ordered to sea to search for CSS Florida off the east coast of the United States
Unable to fulfill her assignment because of a leakey boiler USS Wyoming returned to Philadelphia, 19 July 1864
Decommissioned, 23 July 1864
Recommissioned, 11 April 1865, CDR. John P. Bankhead in command, Wyoming proceeded to the East Indies Station to search for the Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah which was still at sea one month after the Civil War ended.
Assigned to the Asiatic Squadron in 1867
Decommission, 10 February 1868, and placed in ordinary at Boston, MA
Recommissioned, 14 November CDR. John L. Davis in command and assigned to the North Atlantic Station
Decommissioned, 30 April 1874, at Washington Navy Yard
Assigned as the Washington Navy Yard receiving ship in 1877
Recommissioned, 20 November 1877 and subsequently assigned to the European Station
Decommissioned, 30 October 1882, at Annapolis MD. to serve as a practice ship for midshipmen of the Naval Academy
Later towed to Norfolk, VA. she was sold, 9 May 1892, to E. J. Butler of Arlington, MA
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,457 t.
Length 198' 6"
Beam 33' 2"
Draft 14' 10"
Speed 11 kts
two 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
one 60-pdr Parrott rifle
Propulsion steam and sail
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||USS Wyoming at anchor, date and location unknown. Black hulls with narrow white streaks were characteristic of post-Civil War American seagoing warships.
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USS Wyoming (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Mitchell, John K. ||October 1859 Comm- 3 July 1861|
|02||LT. Murray, Francis K. (Temp)||4 July 1861 - 8 August 1861|
|03||CDR. McDougal, David Stockton||9 August 1861 - 23 July 1964|
| ||Decommissioned||23 July 1964 - 11 April 1865|
|04||CDR. Bankhead, John P.||11 April 1865 - 10 February 1868 |
| ||Decommissioned||10 February 1868 - 14 November 1871|
|05||CDR. Davis, John Lee||14 November 1871 - 1872|
|06||CDR. Cushing, William Barker||1872 - 30 April 1874|
| ||Decommissioned||30 April 1874 - 20 November 1877|
|07||CDR. Hayward, George W.||20 November 1877 - 1878|
|08||CDR. Watson, John Crittenden||1878 - 1880|
|09||CDR. Casey Jr., Silas||1880 - 30 October 1882 Decomm|
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