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USS John P. Jackson
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Sidewheel Ferry Steamer:
Built in 1860 by Divine Burtis at Brooklyn, N.Y. for the Pennsylvania Railroad
Purchased by the Navy at Newark, N.J., from Jersey City Ferry Co. 6 November 1861
Commissioned USS John P. Jackson, 14 February 1862, at New York Navy Yard, LT. Selim E. Woodworth in command
Assigned to CDR. David D. Porter's mortar flotilla at Key West, FL.
Participated in the securing of Pass Christian, MS. and capturing Confederate steamer SS P.C. Wallis, 4 April 1862
Participated in the bombardment of Forts Philip and Jackson, 18 through 24 April 1862
Support Adm. Farragut while running the gauntlet at Vicksburg in June 1862
During this action John P. Jackson was hit twice by 7-inch rifle projectiles, leaving her without power and causing other serious damage
After repairs at New Orleans, John P. Jackson was ordered to Mississippi Sound 30 September for reconnaissance work; and she served there throughout the remainder of the war
Captured sloop Young Gustave in Mississippi Sound 21 October 1862
Cooperated with USS Genesee and USS Calhoun, 12 September 1863, chasing the steamer SS Fanny ashore where she was burned to prevent her falling into Union hands
Engaged Confederate steamer CSS Jeff Davis, 13 September 1863, forcing her to withdraw to the shelter of batteries at Grant's Pass where she silenced the Grant's Pass guns
Took schooner Syrena, 21 October 1863
Participated in the action at Mobile Bay, 16 February 1864
Captured schooner Medora in Mississippi Sound, 8 December 1864
Decommissioned, 5 September 1865, at New Orleans, LA.
Sold at public auction in New Orleans to Marcy, Maury & Co. 27 September 1865
Redocumented SS J. P. Jackson 3 October 1865
Final Disposition, abandoned in 1871
Displacement 750 t.
Beam 36' 6"
one 9" Dahlgren smoothbore
one 6" Sawyer rifle
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||Watercolor of SS J. P. Jackson by Erik Heyl, 1962, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume IV. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
US Navy photo # NH 63704 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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||"Panoramic View of the United States Fleet passing the Forts on the Mississippi, on its way to New Orleans, April 19th, 1862."
Contemporary line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume I. It depicts the Federal ships shortly before they began the passage of the forts, with
the Confederate gunboats waiting upstream. Individual U.S. Navy ships (as identified in text below the engraving) are:
USS John P. Jackson;
USS Hartford (Flagship);
USS Cayuga; and
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59063
||James Bard. Steamer "J.P. Jackson". Oil. The Frick Collection / Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive.
USS John P. Jackson
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 7 January 2017
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