USS John Griffith

The USS John Griffith was a schooner that was purchased by the Navy on 16 September 1861, outfitted with a mortar and commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard 20 January 1862, Lt. K. Randolph Breese commanding.

The John Griffith was assigned to the David Porter's Mortar Flotilla within the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and in that capacity participated in the battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the fall of New Orleans, & the attack on Vicksburg. She remained in the squadron until ordered North 18 May 1864 and later reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

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  • Deaths

      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    Charles F. BrownSurgeon's Steward28 September 186329
    John CarltonOrdinary Seaman20 August 186224
    William FountainOrdinary Seaman20 September 186222


    killed in action
    prisoner of war
    died of disease or injury
    died of yellow fever
    ø died due to vessel loss
    died in ordnance accident
    buried on land in marked grave
    buried/lost at sea
    🎖 Medal of Honor recipient
    transcribed letters of sailor/marine posted

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