USS John Griffith

The USS John P. Jackson was a side-wheel steamship that was purchased by the Navy on 6 November 1861, outfitted as a warship and commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard 14 February 1862, Lieutenant Selim E. Woodworth commanding.

The John P. Jackson was attached to the West Gulf Squadron, arriving at Ship Island 30 March 1862. She participated in the Battles of Forts Jackson & St. Phillip, the capture of New Orleans and the Vicksburg campaign. Later she was assigned to the Mississippi Sound where she remained for much of the war. John P. Jackson was decommissioned in New Orleans 5 September 1865 and sold 27 September.

  • USS John P. Jackson on Navsource

  • Deaths

      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    James DriscollLandsman22 February 186528
    Michael HarringtonSeaman24 July 1862
    James Gillan (alias John Morgan)1 February 1863
    James PlattSeaman26 November 1862
    William RobertsonSeaman6 September 1862
    John SheppardOrdinary Seaman24 January 186521
    Judson SkinnerLandsman22 July 186521
    ⋂ ✚Peter VielCoal Heaver12 May 186524
    >✚Eli Washington3rd Class Boy25 October 1863


    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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