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Encyclopedia > USS Mississippi (1841)
USS Mississippi about 1863
Career USN Jack
Ordered:
Laid down: 1839
Launched: 1842
Commissioned: 22 December 1841
Fate: scuttled
Stricken:
General Characteristics
Displacement: 3220 tons
Length: 229 feet
Beam: 40 feet
Depth of Hold: 19 feet
Propulsion: sidewheel steamer
Speed:
Range:
Complement:
Armament: two ten-inch and eight eight-inch Paixhan guns

USS Mississippi, a sidewheel steamer, was the first ship of the United States Navy bear that name. She was named for the Mississippi River; succeeding ships were named for the 20th state, admitted to the Union 10 December 1817. Her keel was laid down by the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1839; built under the personal supervision of Commodore Matthew Perry. She was commissioned 22 December 1841 with Captain W. D. Salter in command and launched several weeks later. Image File history File links USS_Mississippi_1863. ... The source for an SVG image of the United States Navy jack can be found at USN Jack. ... 1839 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... take you to calendar). ... The Mortier monstre, invented by Henri-Joseph Paixhans. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... This article is about the river in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 32nd 125,546 km² 275 km 545 km 3 30°13N to 35°N 88°7W to 91°41W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 31st 2,697,243 23. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1817 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, formerly Navy Yard, was the first naval shipyard of the United States. ... 1839 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858). ... The ceremonies involved in commissioning ships into a military force are based in traditions thousands of years old. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... take you to calendar). ... This article needs to be wikified. ...


After several years of service in the Home Squadron, during which she performed experiments crucial to development of the steam Navy, Mississippi joined the West Indian Squadron in 1845 as flagship for Commodore Perry. During the Mexican-American War, she took part in expeditions against Alvarado, Mexico, Tampico, Mexico, Panuco, Mexico, and Laguna de los Terminos, Mexico, all successful in tightening American control of the Mexican coastline and interrupting coastwise commerce and military supply operations. The Home Squadron was part of the United States Navy in the mid 1800s. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Strength 60,000 40,000 Casualties KIA: 1,733 Total dead: 13,283 Wounded: 4,152 25,000 (Mexican government estimate) {{{notes}}} The Mexican-American War was fought between the United States... Alvarado is a city in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. ... El Puente Tampico (finished in October 1988) links the states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz and is a major element in the Gulf of Mexico highway system. ...


She returned to Norfolk for repairs 1 January 1847, then arrived Veracruz, Veracruz, on 21 March carrying Perry to take command of the American Fleet. At once she and her men plunged into amphibious operations against Veracruz, supplying guns and their crews to be taken ashore for the battery which fought the city to surrender in four days. Through the remainder of the war, Mississippi contributed guns, men, and boats to a series of coastal raids on Mexico’s east coast, taking part in the capture of Tabasco, Mexico, in June. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Veracruz from space, July 1997 The city of Veracruz is a major port city on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ...


Mississippi cruised the Mediterranean Sea during 18491851, then returned to the United States to prepare for service as flagship in Commodore Perry's momentous voyage to Japan. The squadron cleared Hampton Roads 24 November 1852, for Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, which was reached 4 May 1853. Satellite image The Mediterranean Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean almost completely enclosed by land, on the north by Europe, on the south by Africa, and on the east by Asia. ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1851 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Hampton Roads, from state map of pre-civil war Virginia circa 1858 Hampton Roads is the name of both a body of water and the land areas which surround it in southeastern Virginia in the United States. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... For other uses of the word, see Madeira (disambiguation) Madeira Islands location. ... The Cape of Good Hope; looking towards the west, from the coastal cliffs above Cape Point. ... Shanghai (Chinese: 上海 pinyin: (help· info); Shanghainese: Zanhe ) , situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is Chinas largest city. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


The squadron now approached Japan by calls in the Ryukyu Islands and Bonin Islands, and entered Tokyo Bay on 8 July 1853. Commodore Perry proceeded, in one of the most difficult, skillful, and significant naval/diplomatic missions ever recorded, to negotiate a trade treaty with the Japanese, hitherto absolutely opposed to opening their country to Western trade and influence. After further cruising in the Far East, Mississippi and the squadron returned to Japan 12 February 1854 and 31 March the Treaty of Kanagawa was signed. Location of Ryukyu Islands Ryukyuan flag The Ryukyu Islands or Nansei Islands (南西諸島 Nansei-shotō; southwest islands), are an island chain stretching southwestward from the island of Kyushu in Japan. ... The Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島) are an Japan. ... Tokyo Bay from space, October 1993 Map of Tokyo Bay, 1917 Tokyo Bay (東京湾; Tōkyō-wan) is a bay in the southern Kanto region of Japan, surrounded by the Boso Peninsula (Chiba Prefecture) and the Miura Peninsula (Kanagawa Prefecture). ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... On March 31, 1854, the Convention of Kanagawa (Japanese:神奈川条約,or 日米和親条約) was used by Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy to force the opening of the Japanese ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade and ended Japans 200 year policy of seclusion. ...


Mississippi returned to New York City on 23 April 1855, and again sailed for the Far East 19 August 1857, to base at Shanghai and patrol in support of America's burgeoning trade with the Orient. As flagship for Commodore Josiah Tattnall, she was present during the British and French attack on the Chinese forts at Taku in June 1859, and two months later she landed a force at Shanghai when the American consul requested her aid in restoring order to city, torn by civil strife. She returned to ordinary at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1860, but was reactivated when the American Civil War became inevitable. She arrived off Key West, Florida, to institute the blockade there 8 June 1861, and five days later made her first capture, schooner Forest King bound with coffee from Rio de Janeiro to New Orleans, Louisiana. On 27 November, off Northeast Pass, Mississippi River, she joined Vincennes in capturing British bark Empress, again carrying coffee from Rio to New Orleans. The following spring she joined Farragut's squadron for the planned assault on New Orleans. After several attempts, on 7 April 1862 she and Pensacola successfully passed over the bar at Southwest Pass, the heaviest ships ever to enter the river to that time. Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location [[Image:|250px|250px|Location of City of New York, New York]] Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Shanghai (Chinese: 上海 pinyin: (help· info); Shanghainese: Zanhe ) , situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is Chinas largest city. ... Josiah Tattnall Commodore Josiah Tattnall (14 June 1794 - 14 June 1871) was an officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812, the Second Barbary War, and the Mexican-American War. ... Taku can refer to: Taku (the whale), a killer whale that lives in SeaWorld Taku, Saga, a city located in Saga prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan Taku Forts, forts on the south bank of the Hai He, in Tanggu District, Tianjin municipality, in northeastern China Taku Glacier, in... 1859 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Motto: Official website: www. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Abraham Lincoln Jefferson Davis Strength 1,556,678 (of whom many signed multiple enlistment contracts) 1,064,200 Casualties KIA: 110,100 Total dead: 359,500 Wounded: 275,200 KIA: 74,500 Total dead: 198,500 Wounded: 137,000+  {{{notes... Key West buoy marking the Southernmost point in the continental United States is located in Key West, Florida, at the end of U.S. Highway 1. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Coffee in beverage form. ... Ipanema beach, in the South Zone, immortalised by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Morais song The Girl from Ipanema Cristo Redentor, the famous Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of the Corcovado mountain A NASA satellite image of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro (meaning River of January in... Nickname: The Big Easy Motto: Official website: http://www. ... November 27 is the 331st day (332nd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The first USS Vincennes was the first United States warship to circumnavigate the globe. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... For other ships named Pensacola, see USS Pensacola The first USS Pensacola was a screw steamer that served in the United States Navy during the U.S. Civil War. ...


As Farragut brought his fleet up the river, a key engagement was that with Fort Jackson and Fort Saint Philip on 24 April, during which Mississippi ran Confederate ram Manassas ashore, wrecking her with two mighty broadsides. The city was now doomed, and Mississippi, her heavy draft making her less suitable to river operations than lighter ships, remained off New Orleans for much of the next year. Fort Jackson is a United States Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) base located in South Carolina. ... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... CSS Manassas, formerly the steam propeller Enoch Train, was built at Medford, Massachusetts, by J. O. Curtis in 1855. ...


Ordered upriver for the operations against Port Hudson, Mississippi sailed with six other ships, lashed in pairs while she sailed alone. On 14 March 1863, she grounded while attempting to pass the forts guarding Port Hudson. Under enemy fire, every effort was made to refloat her by her commanding officer Captain Melancthon Smith, and his executive officer, later to be famed as Admiral George Dewey. At last her machinery was destroyed, her battery spiked, and she was fired to prevent Confederate capture. When the flames reached her magazines, she blew up and sank. She had lost 64 killed, the ships in company saving 223 of her crew. Port Hudson, is a small town in Louisiana located about 20 mile northeast of Baton Rouge. ... March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ... George Dewey (December 26, 1837 – January 16, 1917) was an admiral of the United States Navy, best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. ...


See USS Mississippi for other ships of the same name. Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Mississippi in honor of the 20th state. ...


References

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS for short) is the primary reference work for the basic facts about every ship ever used by the United States Navy. ...


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