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USS Brooklyn (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal
Personnel Awards

Medal of Honor - See below Landsman William H. Brown, USN and Engineer's Cook James Mifflen USN

Brooklyn Class Screw Sloop of War:
  • Laid down in 1857 at Jacob A. Westervelt and Son, New York
  • Launched in 1858
  • Commissioned USS Brooklyn, 26 January 1859, CAPT. David G. Farragut in command.
  • USS Brooklyn was initially assigned to the West Indies and spent almost the entire Civil War in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the West Gulf Blockading force, blockading ports, capturing Confederate shipping and participating in various campaigns including those at New Orleans, Vicksburg, Pensacola and Mobile Bay
  • War Prizes:
    29 May 1861: H.E. Spearing
    7 June 1861: Pilgrim
    20 June 1861: Nahum Stetson
    5 September 1861: Macao
    19 February 1862: CSS Magnolia
    27 May 1863: Blazer
    28 May 1863: Kate
    30 May: Victoria (destroyed) and Star
  • Decommissioned in the autumn of 1861 at Philadelphia Navy Yard for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 19 December 1861
  • Decommissioned, 25 August 1863, at New York Navy Yard for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 14 April 1864
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1865, at New York Navy Yard, for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 4 October 1865 for service in the South Atlantic
  • Decommissioned, 11 September 1867, placed in ordinary
  • Recommissioned, 24 August 1870 for service Home Squadron and later as flagship of the South Atlantic Squadron
  • Returned to the Home Squadron in 1875
  • Decommissioned, at New York, 21 July 1876
  • Recommissioned, 11 November 1881 for duty with the South Atlantic Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 25 October 1884, placed in ordinary
  • Recommissioned, 15 October 1885 for duty with the South Atlantic Squadron
  • Reassigned, 4 April 1887, as flagship of the Asiatic Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 14 May 1889 at New York Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 January 1890
  • Sold at public auction at Norfolk, 25 March 1891, to E.J. Butler
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,532 t.
    Length 233' (waterline)
    Beam 43'
    Draft 16' 3"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement 335
    As Built
    one 10" smoothbore
    twenty 9" smoothbores
    twenty-four 9" smoothbores
    two 12-pdr Howitzers
    June 1863
    one 100-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    twenty-two 9" smoothbores
    one 30-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 100-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    two 60-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    twenty 9" smoothbores
    two 12-pdr howitzers
    two 11" smoothbores
    eighteen 9" smoothbores
    one 8" muzzle loading rifle
    twelve 9" smoothbores
    two horizontal directing-acting cross-head steam engines (61" x 2' 9")
    two boilers, 1,116 HHP @ 11.5 kts

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    Brooklyn 129k A wood block print of USS Brooklyn titled "THE UNITED STATES SLOOP OF WAR, BROOKLYN", published in "Harper's Weekly" January 1861 Tommy Trampp
    Brooklyn 583k A wood block print of USS Brooklyn titled "THE UNITED STATES SLOOP OF WAR, BROOKLYN", published in "Harper's Weekly" date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Wyandotte 140k "The United States Fleet off Fort Pickens, Florida" A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, depicting U.S. Navy ships off Pensacola, Florida, in April 1861. Federal troops were landed at Fort Pickens on 12 April. Ships identified in the title line are (left to right): USS Wyandotte (partially visible); USS Supply (in the distance); USS Sabine; USS Brooklyn and USS Crusader (partially visible).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59121
    Bill Gonyo
    230k Disembarking troops from USS Brooklyn to reinforce Fort Pickens, April 13, 1861.
    Harper's Weekly, 18 May 1861,
    Tommy Trampp
    CSS Sumter 129k CSS Sumter running the blockade of Pass a l' Outre, by USS Brooklyn, 30 June, 1861. Lithograph by A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, MD., copied from "Memoirs of Service Afloat", by Raphael Semmes.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 51797
    Robert Hurst
    Tommy Trampp
    Kineo 158k
    "The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862"

    Colored lithograph, published by Currier & Ives, 1862. The original print bears the following descriptive text: "Destruction of the Rebel gunboats, rams and iron clad batteries by the Union Fleet under Flag Officer Farragut. The attack was commenced on the 18th of April and continued until the 25th resulting in the capture of Forts Jackson, St. Phillip, Livingston, Pike and the city of New Orleans, as well as the destruction of all the enemy gunboats, rams, floating batteries (iron clad), fire rafts, booms and chains. The enemy with their own hands destroying cotton and shipping valued at from eight to ten millions of dollars. 'The sight of this night attack was awfully grand, the river was lit up with blazing rafts filled with pine knots and the ships seemed to be fighting literally amidst flames and smoke.'" In this view, ships are identified as (starting at top left center, up the river, running down to the right, then across toward the left): Confederate steamers; USS Cayuga (leading the Union column), USS Pensacola, burning confederate steamer, USS Varuna, USS Oneida, USS Mississippi (engaging the ram CSS Manassas), USS Richmond, USS Kineo, USS Hartford (flagship, in collision with a fire raft), USS Brooklyn and USS Winona. A Confederate fire raft is in the lower right. Fort St. Phillip is shown at right and Fort Jackson at left.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Tommy Trampp
    Varuna 137k Line engraving published in "Virtue", depicting the battle, which took place on the lower Mississippi River during the night of 24 April 1862. A key to the forts and specific U.S. and Confederate ships is given at the bottom of the view. The ships include USS Varuna (in action with Confederate gunboats), USS Brooklyn, USS Pawnee (not shown), USS Hartford (Farragut's flagship, with a fire raft alongside), USS Pensacola, USS Mississippi, CSS Louisiana (exploding), CSS Manassas and Federal mortar vessels.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59071
    Robert Hurst
    125k Art work depicting the ramming of USS Brooklyn, by CSS Manassas, during the battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, on the Mississippi River below New Orleans, 24 April 1862.
    Published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 20, by the Perrien-Keydel Co. Detroit, 1907.
    Robert Hurst
    Selma 153k "Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864"
    Reproduction of an 1864 pen & ink drawing by George S. Waterman, C.S.N., depicting the action as seen from above and inside the entrance to Mobile Bay. Confederate ships present are (as identified on the drawing);
    CSS Selma
    CSS Morgan
    CSS Gaines (shown twice, in the battle line, and beached off Fort Morgan after the battle) and
    CSS Tennessee. Union monitors shown are (from the front of the line);
    (sinking after striking a mine),
    USS Manhattan
    USS Winnebago and
    USS Chickasaw. The leading two steam sloops in the Union line are
    USS Brooklyn and
    USS Hartford. Small diagram in the lower right represents the various efforts by Union ships to ram Tennessee later in the action.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 42392
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 156k Flag Officer Farragut ship's passing Fort Morgan during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Drawing from the book "Under Both Flags" Veteran Publishing Co., © 1896. From left to right:
    USS Manhattan
    USS Tecumseh
    USS Octorara
    USS Hartford
    USS Metacomet
    USS Richmond
    USS Port Royal
    USS Lackawanna
    USS Seminole
    USS Monongahela and
    USS Kennebec
    Tommy Trampp
    Battle of Mobile Bay 77k "Battle of Mobile Bay ... Passing Fort Morgan and the Torpedoes". Print after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, 1886, depicting the Union and Confederate squadrons at the moment that USS Tecumseh sank after striking a mine ("torpedo"). Confederate ships (left foreground) are CSS Morgan, CSS Gaines and CSS Tennessee. Union monitors visible astern of USS Tecumseh are USS Manhattan and USS Winnebago. USS Brooklyn is leading the outer line of Union warships, immediately followed by USS Hartford. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42396. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    Battle of Mobile Bay 179k Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Line engraving after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, published in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War", Volume 4, page 378. Entitled "Surrender of the Tennessee,' Battle of Mobile Bay", it depicts CSS Tennessee in the center foreground, surrounded by the Union warships (from left to right): USS Lackawanna, USS Winnebago, USS Ossipee, USS Brooklyn, USS Itasca, USS Richmond, USS Hartford and USS Chickasaw. Fort Morgan is shown in the right distance. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1276 Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Gift of Henry Huddleston Rogers, 1930.
    Lackawanna 230k Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, 17 September 1864. Entitled "Admiral Farragut's Fleet Bombarding Fort Morgan, August 22, 1864", it depicts from left to right);
    USS Lackawanna,
    USS Manhattan,
    USS Octorara,
    USS Brooklyn,
    USS Winnebago and
    USS Richmond. Fort Morgan is shown in the right center distance, and a battery is at the far left
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59150.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Itasca 179k USS Brooklyn inside Mobile Bay after the action, "from a sketch made at the time", showing some of her battle damage. USS Galena is in the left background, and USS Itasca is at right. 19th Century reproduction of a pen and ink drawing by Xanthus Smith. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56579
    Maumee 94k "Bombardment of Fort Fisher" "Jan. 15th 1865"
    Lithograph after a drawing by T.F. Laycock, published by Endicott & Co., New York, 1865, depicting the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron bombarding Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in preparation for its capture. The print is dedicated to Commodore S.W. Godon, USN. Ships present, as named on the original print, are (from left to right in the main battle line):
    USS Tacony;
    USS Maumee;
    USS Ticonderoga;
    USS Shenandoah;
    USS Tuscarora;
    USS Juniata;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Susquehanna;
    USS Colorado;
    USS Minnesotaa;
    USS Brooklyn;
    USS New Ironsides and
    USS Mohican.
    Ships in the foreground are (left to right, from the center of the view):
    USS Powhatan;
    USS Mackinaw;
    USS Vanderbilt and
    USS Malvern (Flagship of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter).
    Monitors in the right middle distance are:
    USS Monadnock (with two turrets);
    USS Mahopac;
    USS Saugus and
    USS Canonicus.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # LC-USZ62-144 from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo
    Brooklyn 152k USS Brooklyn as she appeared early in the 1870s after the addition of a complete spar deck.
    US Navy photo from the Martin Holbrook Collection. US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Photo and text from "Warships of the Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Robert Hurst
    Brooklyn 75k USS Brooklyn at anchor dressed overall in flags and crew manning the yards during the Naval Review, 29 April 1899, location unknown.
    Photo from "Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905".
    Robert Hurst
    Brooklyn 73k USS Brooklyn at anchor between 1890 and 1901, location unknown. Detroit Publishing Co. US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Photo image # LC-D4-20166. Robert Hurst
    Brooklyn 24k Chief Engineer Benjamin Edne Chassaing served as 1st Assistant Engineer aboard the USS Brooklyn between 1862 to1863. He entered the Navy as a Third Assistant Engineer on 21 May 1857. He was promoted to Chief Engineer on 10 November 1863. He was assigned as Chief Engineer and Superintendent of Vessels in Charleston, South Carolina as part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He resigned his commission on 12 Feb 1867.
    Photo courtesy of the Missouri History Museum.
    Bill Gonyo
    Brooklyn 628k Marine Private Charley Morrison conveyed vivid impressions of life on board the Union sloop USS Brooklyn and running the guantlet of Confederate gunfire to the capture New Orleans. Tommy Trampp
    Brooklyn 50k Landsman William H. Brown, USN USS Brooklyn Medal of Honor Citation Tommy Trampp
    Brooklyn 76k A 1970 photograph of U.S. Navy poster of Engineer's Cook James Mifflin, USN, (1839- ????). James Mifflin received the Medal of Honor for remaining steadfast at his post in USS Brooklyn while enemy shells cleared his shipmates at the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama on 5 August 1864, which helped to result in damage at Fort Morgan and the surrender of CSS Tennessee. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 103774. Robert Hurst
    Three plans from the Bureau of Construction and Repair for USS Brooklyn.
    Contributed by Robert Hurst
    98605222 - Steam Gig
    NARA Identifier 75840849
    098605223 - Steam Launch
    NARA Identifier 75840851
    098605224 - Wardroom & Steerage
    NARA Identifier 75840853

    Individual crew member photos probably circa 1870s
    Contributed by Tommy Trampp
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    Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn

    USS Brooklyn (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Farragut David, Glasgow :ADM26 January 1859 - 19 October 1860
    02CAPT. Walker, William S.20 October 1860 - April 1861
    03CDR. Poor, Charles HenryApril 1861 - July 1862
     Decommissionedc. September 1861 - 19 December 1861
    04CAPT. Craven, Thomas Tingey219 December 1861 - August 1862
    05CAPT. Bell, Henry HaywoodAugust 1862 - 2 August 1863
    06LCDR. Hatfield, Chester2 August 1863 - 10 August 1863
    07CAPT. Emmons, George Foster10 August 1863 - 25 August 1863
     Decommissioned25 August 1863 - 14 April 1864
    08CAPT. Alden Jr., James 14 April 1864 - 31 January 1865
     Decommissioned31 January 1865 - 4 October 1865
    09CDR. Patterson, Thomas Harmon.4 October 1865 - 11 September 1867
     Decommissioned11 September 1867 - 24 August 1870
    10CAPT. Guest, John24 August 1870 - 1871
    11CAPT. Bryson, Andrew1871 - 1872
    12CAPT. Truxton, William T.1872 - 26 July 1873
     Decommissioned26 July 1873 - 20 January 1874
    13CAPT. Upshur, John H.20 January 1874 - 21 July 1876
     Decommissioned21 July 1876 - 11 November 1881
    14CAPT. Weaver, Aaron Ward11 November 1881 - 25 October 1884
     Decommissioned25 October 1884 - 15 October 1885
    15CAPT. Matthews, Edmund Orville1886 - 1887
    16CAPT. Cook, Francis Augustus1887 - 14 May 1889
    Contributed by Bill Gonyo

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