William Densmore

Chief Boatswain's Mate, USS Richmond

"William Densmore (Chief Boatswain's Mate) is recommended for coolness and good conduct as captain of a gun in the action in Mobile Bay, on the morning and forenoon of August fifth, 1864. He had been in the naval service twelve years, was on board the sloop-of-war St. Louis, blockading off Pensacola and the head of the passes of the Mississippi, until the expiration of his term of service in 1861; reshipped the same year, and joined the Brooklyn; was in the actions with Forts Jackson and St. Phillip, and with the rebel iron-clads and gunboats below New Orleans; was in the action with the Chalmette batteries; present at the surrender of New Orleans; and on board the Brooklyn in the attacks upon the batteries below Vicksburg in 1862. Joined the Richmond in September 1863." - CAPT T. A. Jenkins, USS Richmond, 10 August 1864


As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Densmore fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan. - G.O. 45, 31 December 1864

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  • Interment

    New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. Section G, Range 7, Lot 1-3

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