Showing posts with label U.S.S. Kearsarge. Show all posts
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Reunion of the U.S S. Kearsarge

Compiled by Sargent Andrew S McAleer, US Army Combat Historian, 126th Military History Detachment, Massachusetts. Gr Grandson of Private John J. McAleer, USMC aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge See also The Unveiling of the USS Kearsarge Captain's Cabin Desk John J. McAleer, III Speech and Austn Quinby & USS Kearsarge An Article in Growing up in North Cambridge Spring 2015  All PDF DOC can be e-mailed to you

Thirteen of the twenty two-men survived the U.S.S. Kearsarge. Banquets at the American House in Boston. 50th Anniversary of the June 19, 1864 Battle with the Confederate C.S.S. Alabama

 Back Row, Left to Right—T.H. Russell, W.Y. Evans, John J. McAleer, A. Quimby, Peter V. Ludy, John F. Bickford. Front Row—John C. Woodbury, H.S. Hobson, W.M. Smith, William H. Giles, Martin Hoyt, Patrick McKeever.

Article from Boston Daily Globe June 20, 1914

On the50th anniversary of the famous battle between the U.S.S. Kearsarge and the Confederate battleship C.S.S. Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864, the members of the United States Steamship Kearsarge Association yesterday afternoon held a reunion and dinner at the American House in Boston.  Of the 22 men who are know to survive from among the 163 officers and men who participated in the conflict, 13 were present at yesterday’s banquet.  Many were accompanied by wives and children, who, with the guests, brought the total number at the dinner to 24.

William Smith of Cambridge, a colored veteran, was present with his former comrades for the first time since he was mustered out 50 years ago.  Mr. Smith, who is 66 years old, is still pretty active and does light work to keep himself in condition.  Though he has lived about Boston since the war, he never before attended an association reunion.

President Patrick McKeever introduced the speakers including Major General John E. Gillman of the Soldiers’ Relief Committee, who was asked to speak by Mayor Curley, as the latter sent his regrets; Andrew Houghton of the Kearsarge Association of Naval Veterans, a separate organization; Dana King of Post 156 G.A.R, Everett: Dr. John Dixwell, a physician of the Kearsarge Association of Naval Veterans and Edwin O. Foster of Salem, an honorary member. Letters were read from Daniel B. Sargent of Omaha, James Kerrigan of San Francisco and John O’Dlorne of Tilton, survivors, and another from Mrs. Kate B. Smith of 90 Elm Hill Ave, Roxbury, whose Husband, also a survivor, recently died. The following members were present: Patrick McKeever of Malden who was reelected president: Austin Quimby of Salem; William Y. Evans of Gilmanton, N.H.; Henry H. Hobson of Palmer; Martin Hoyt of Manchester, N.H.; William G. Giles of Dayton, N.J.; John J. McAleer of Cambridge, who was elected secretary; George Henry Harris of the Soldiers’ Home, Chelsea, William Smith of Cambridge, John C. Woodbury of Beverly, George A. Russell of Lawrence and Charles H. Poole of Waltham. 

Photos of USS Kearsarge and crew taken in June 1864 after the battle with CSS Alabama by Francois Rondin, a photographer in Cherbourg, France.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ezra Bartlett Master Mate USS Kearsarge

Looking for more info on family records, picture, and diary written by Ezra on board Thanks

Photo from  Grand Army of the Republic
Acting Ensign Ezra Bartlett served during the Civil War aboard the USS Kearsarge. The USS Kearsarge is most known for its famous sea victory over the CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. Born: Apr. 16, 1832 Stratham, New Hampshire. Died: Aug. 18, 1886 Stratham, New Hampshire. He was s. of Dr. Josiah Bartlett and Hannah Eleanor Weeks Thompson
He married Flora McIntyre, d.of Peter McIntyre and  Ann of Scotland.

Josiah Bartlett was son of  Ezra Bartlett (son of Josiah Bartlett of Kingston, NH--first signer of the Declaration of Independence) ) and Hannah Gale, d.of Amos Gale and Hannah Gilman of Kingston, NH
Hannah Thompson was daughter of Col. Ebenezer Thompson (son of Judge Ebenezer Thompson) and Mary Weeks  More info on genealogy below provided by Edward Gerrish of Newbury MA
Bartlett Family. Papers, 1710-1931. ca. 10,000 items. Includes several letters and a diary by Ezra Bartlett. (1832-1886) written on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge

USS Kearsarge Ship's officers pose on deck, at Cherbourg, France, soon after her 19 June 1864 victory over CSS Alabama. Her Commanding Officer, Captain John A. Winslow, is 3rd from left, wearing a uniform of the 1862 pattern. Other officers are generally dressed in uniforms of 1863-64 types. View looks aft on the port side. At left is Kearsarge's after XI-inch Dahlgren pivot gun, with its training tracks on the deck alongside. Those present are (from left to right): Chief Engineer William H. Cushman; Surgeon John M. Browne; Captain John A. Winslow; Acting Master's Mate Ezra Bartlett; Paymaster's Clerk Daniel B. Sargent; Lieutenant Commander James S. Thornton, Executive Officer; 2nd Assistant Engineer William H. Badlam; 3rd Assistant Engineer Henry McConnell; Acting Master James R. Wheeler; Boatswain James C. Walton; 3rd Assistant Engineer Sidney L. Smith; Gunner Franklin A. Graham; Acting Master's Mate Charles C. Danforth; Acting Master Eben M. Stoddard; 3rd Assistant Engineer Frederick L. Miller; and Paymaster Joseph A. Smith. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61669. The original glass negative is held by the Library of Congress.

 Rondin Photo 19th of June 1864 Cherbourg, France From Left to Right
#1- Quartermaster James Saunders-Medal of Honor Recipient
#2- Quartermaster Charles Butts
#3- Quartergunner and Captain of the Afterguard John W. Dempsey (Looking Pale and weak, his arm had been amputated less than 48 hours earlier but he insisted on being in the photo.)
#4- Boatswain James C. Walton
#5- 2nd Class Boy Manuel Jose Gallardo (12 years old)
#6- Extreme Rear Center- Quarter Gunner Andrew Rowley
#7- Captain of the Afterguard Henry Cook
#8- Midshipman Edward Preble- Officer in charge of this division
#9- Quartermaster William B. Poole- Helmsman at the time of the battle- Medal of Honor Recipient
#10- Acting Master Ezra Bartlett
#11-Quartermaster William W. Gurney

Friday, July 29, 1864  Paper: Providence Evening Press (Providence, RI)  

[Mr. Ezra Bartlett; Stratham; U. S.; Kearsarge; Navy Yard; Ordered; Duty; Appointed; Steamer] Saturday, January 18, 1862  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth, NH)

Saturday, April 16, 1904  Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) 

From part of a letter written by J. Thorton, Lieutenant-Commander and Executive Officer to Captain Winslow, U S Navy 

   The marines fought the rifle gun upon the top gallant forecastle under the charge of Acting Master's Mate Charles H. Danforth. The action on our part was commenced by this gun, and its fire was rapid and effective throughout. The high reputation of their service was nobly sustained by the marine guard of this ship. The boatswain, James C. Walton, was observably active and efficient. Gunner F. A. Graham's duties were all performed efficiently and merit commendation. The carpenter's mate, Mark G. Ham, is well known to you, sir, as a faithful and competent man. His conduct in the battle was distinguished by the cool and intelligent performance of his duties. It is unnecessary for me to call your attention to the officers commanding the gun or master's division, as their duty was performed under your own eye. I am happy to commend Acting Master's Mate Ezra Bartlett, in charge of the shell supply, for his coolness and efficiency.

2nd Letter

Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.

        SIR: The Department having given instructions by letter of the 7th instant to report in cases of officers or men who, for conduct in the action of the Kearsarge and Alabama, were deserving of special mention, I beg leave to reply that in the report of the executive officer, which was fully endorsed by me, immediate attention was devoted to this subject, and the names of such officers and men were indicated as were deserving of merit by special mention.
        The divisions commanded by Acting Masters James R. Wheeler, Eben. M. Stoddard, and David H. Sumner were all well served, the officers in command setting an example of coolness and zeal worthy of commendation. And I beg to refer particularly to the services of Acting Master James R. Wheeler, who, in connection with the action, has been otherwise active in command of the Annette, and on other duty in the [English] Channel during the past severe winter; and his efficiency as an officer being of the highest standard, I deem a special mention in his case should be made.
        I would also refer again to Acting Master's Mates Charles H. Danforth and Ezra Bartlett. Both of these gentlemen, for services rendered in the action, for ability, and for unexceptional good conduct during the cruise are deserving of reward.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,