USS Westfield

The USS Westfield was a sidewheel steamer purchased 22 November 1861, commissioned January 1862 and assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron 18 March 1862. She participated in the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the siege of Vicksburg. Later she was on blockade duty off the coast of Texas.

The Westfield was destroyed on orders by CDR William Renshaw to prevent her capture by Confederates during the Battle of Galveston on 1 January 1863.

Artifacts recovered from the Westfield are on display at the Texas City Museum.

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  • Deaths

      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    ⚔ øHenry BethkeSeaman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øJohn CallahanGunner's Mate1 January 1863
    ⚔ øGeorge E. Cox2nd Class Fireman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øWilliam EsserCoxswain1 January 1863
    ⚔ øWilliam R. GreeneActing 2nd Assistant Engineer1 January 1863
    ⚔ øRoldolphus C. HubbardSeaman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øPeter JohnsonSeaman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øSamuel P. KingQuarter Gunner1 January 1863
    ⚔ øHugh McCabe2nd Class Fireman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øMatthew McDonnelOrdinary Seaman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øWilliam F. Reeves2nd Class Fireman1 January 1863
    ⚔ øWilliam B. RenshawCommander1 January 1863
    Jacob SumkleSeaman28 May 1862
    ⚔ ø ✎Charles W. ZimmermanLieutenant1 January 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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