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USS George Mangham

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Civil War Medal

  • Built as the wooden schooner George Mangham in 1854, location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 21 September 1861, at Philadelphia
  • Commissioned USS George Mangham, 11 January 1862, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Acting Master John Collins, Jr., in command
  • George Mangham departed Chester PA., 13 January for duty with CDR David Porter's Mortar Flotilla, a part of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • Arriving at Key West, 13 February, she sailed, 6 March with Porter's squadron to the mouth of the Mississippi to prepare for the assault on Forts Jackson and St. Philip
  • George Mangham participated in the 5 day bombardment of the forts, beginning on 18 April allowing Flag Officer Farragut's squadron to pass the forts into the Mississippi River
  • George Mangham departed for Florida 27 April and spent the next month cruising the Pensacola area
  • The schooner sailed with Porter's squadron again on 3 June to support the Union movement up the Mississippi; arriving off Vicksburg 20 June
  • George Mangham participated in the bombardment of Vicksburg allowing Farragut's ships to pass the Confederate batteries on 28 June to join with COMO. Davis further up the river
  • George Mangham returned down river where she arrived at Baton Rouge, LA. 12 July
  • She proceeded to Hampton Roads, VA., where she moored 30 July
  • On 29 August,George Mangham proceeded to Baltimore to serve as guard ship on the Potomac River at Piney Point, MD.
  • Assigned to the Potomac Flotilla from 22 December; to 10 July 1863, she suppressed blockade runners, and captured four prizes
  • She was next sent to the Washington Navy Yard and fitted out for cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • In the Gulf of St. Lawrence she was responsible for preventing attacks of Confederate raiders and to protect American merchantmen and fishing craft
  • The schooner departed Washington 5 August, cruised off the Magdalen Islands and Prince Edward Island; without detecting any Confederate ships
  • George Mangham put into New York Navy Yard for repairs in November
  • After repairs she sailed 9 December to join the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Murrell's Inlet, S.C.
  • On 7 January 1864, she destroyed Dare, a beached blockade runner
  • George Mangham arrived off Charleston 21 March to assist in blockading the South Carolina coast
  • She returned to Port Royal, S.C., 5 January 1865, and was reassigned to Key West in March
  • Decommissioned 9 September 1865, at New York, and sold at public auction to D. T. Trendy 27 September
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 274 t
    Length 110'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 10'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 13" mortar
    two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Westfield 103k "Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the forts below New Orleans.
    Vessels shown are (from left to right):
    USS Westfield,
    USS Adolph Hugel,
    USS Para,
    USS William Bacon,
    USS Oliver H. Lee,
    USS C.P. Williams,
    USS Henry Janes,
    USS George Mangham,
    USS Racer,
    USS Horace Beals,
    USS Sarah Bruen,
    USS Samuel Rotan,
    USS John Griffith,
    USS Rachel Seaman,
    USS Maria J. Carlton,
    USS Sidney C. Jones,
    USS T.A. Ward,
    USS Sea Foam,
    USS Maria A. Wood,
    USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
    USS Matthew Vassar.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
    Robert Hurst

    USS George Mangham
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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