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Birth: Aug. 3, 1821 Fort Moultrie Charleston County South Carolina, USA Death: Apr. 27, 1869, Aden, Arabia John Payne Bankhead, born at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, 1821; entered the United States Navy, 1838; promoted commander, July 16, 1862, and captain, July 25, 1866; commanded the USS Monitor, September 1, 1862 to December 31, 1862; later commanded the USS Florida; died at Aden, Arabia, April 27, 1869

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The Monitor on the James River, Virginia, in 1862, after the Battle of Hampton Roads. Note the dents in the armor on the turret.
USS Monitor
USS Monitor
USS Monitor, a 987-ton armored turret gunboat, was built at New York to the design of John Ericsson. She was the first of what became a large number of "monitors" in the United States and other navies. Commissioned on 25 February 1862,
Capt John Payne Bankhead
Capt John Payne Bankhead
John Payne Bankhead, born at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, 1821; entered the United States Navy, 1838; promoted commander, July 16, 1862, and captain, July 25, 1866; commanded the USS Monitor, September 1, 1862 to December 31, 1862; later commanded the USS Florida; died at Aden, Arabia, April 27, 1869
B-4240 Commodor John P. Bankhead. U.S.N.
B-4240 Commodor John P. Bankhead. U.S.N.
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USS Wyoming
The first USS Wyoming of the United States Navy was a wooden-hulled screw sloop that fought on the Union side during the American Civil War. Sent to the Pacific Ocean to search for the CSS Alabama, Wyoming eventually came upon the shores of Japan and engaged Japanese land and sea forces. On 16 July 1863, Wyoming won the first-ever United States naval victory over Japan in the Naval battle of Shimonoseki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wyoming_%281859%29
USS Otsego (1863)
USS Otsego (1863)
USS Otsego (1863) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries. Otsego, a wooden, double-ended, side-wheel gunboat, was launched 31 March 1863 by Jacob A. & D. D. Westervelt, New York City, New York, and apparently commissioned in the spring of 1864, Comdr. J. P. Bankhead in command.

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Birth:  Aug. 3, 1821
Fort Moultrie
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA Death:  Apr. 27, 1869, At Sea [Edit Dates]
John Payne Bankhead, born at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, 1821; entered the United States Navy, 1838; promoted commander, July 16, 1862, and captain, July 25, 1866; commanded the USS Monitor, September 1, 1862 to December 31, 1862; later commanded the USS Florida; died at Aden, Arabia, April 27, 1869

John Bankhead John Bankhead was born on August 3, 1821, at Fort Johnston, South Carolina. His father was General James Bankhead, a brigadier general who distinguished himself in the Mexican War. Bankhead entered the navy in August 1838 at the age of 17. His first ship was the frigate Macedonian. In 1844 he graduated and served the Coast Survey. While in Vera Cruz during the Mexican War, Bankhead actually served under his father.

During the Civil War, Bankhead was stationed on the Pembina and was sent to Charleston, South Carolina, for blockade duty. In the middle of August the Pembina was ordered to New York for repairs. Flag Officer DuPont wrote a letter on Bankhead's behalf to Captain Gustavus Fox, Secretary of the Navy, requesting that he be transferred to an iron vessel. Bankhead was given the Monitor and took command from Thomas Stevens on September 10, 1862.

Shortly after Bankhead took command the Monitor's boilers and engines were condemned, and on October 3, 1862, the ironclad arrived at the Washington Navy Yard for repairs. By November the ship was finished and returned to Hampton Roads.

Orders were issued on December 24, 1862, for the Monitor to move to Beaufort, North Carolina. There the ship would join the blockade off Charleston. On Christmas Day the Monitor was ready for sea, but bad weather delayed departure until December 29. On December 31, 1862, a storm hit seas off Hatteras, and the Monitor, under tow by the USS Rhode Island, foundered and sank with the loss of four officers and 16 men. Bankhead himself was saved but suffered from exposure. After his recovery he was given command of the side-wheeler Florida and participated in blockade duty off Fort Fisher, North Carolina. In 1864, Bankhead was transferred to the Otsego, but was eventually relieved of command due to poor health. Bankhead ended the war in command of the Wyoming, which was stationed in the Pacific searching for the CSS Shenandoah.

The Wyoming was transferred to the Asiatic Squadron, and Bankhead remained in command until 1867, when due to poor health he requested to be relieved of duty. He died that same year on his way home to the United States.

 

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