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    Journal Kept by Acting Midshipman Roderick Prentiss - Inventory Number: IDE 111 / SOLD

    Detailed accounts for the Steamer “U.S.S. Pembrina” – This journal is a diary of the vessel including its orders, movements and military engagements.  

    Prentiss served from September 21st, 1854, was promoted to Midshipman June 9th 1959, and again promoted to Lieutenant August 31st 1861.  Died from Wounds August 6th, 1864. Ex Officer of the Steamer Monongahela. 


    Killed at the Siege of Fort Morgan, as part of the battle for Mobile Bay, in Alabama (U.S.), during August 1864. Union ground forces led by General Gordon Granger conducted a short siege of the Confederate garrison at the mouth of Mobile Bay under the command of General Richard L. Page. The Confederate surrender helped shut down Mobile, Alabama, as an effective Confederate port city.

     USS Pembina, a 691-ton Unadilla class screw steam gunboat, was built at New York City and commissioned in October 1861. She was immediately sent to participate in the attack on Port Royal, South Carolina, during which she engaged Confederate gunboats and fortifications. After Port Royal was taken in November, Pembina took part in operations to cut Savannah, Georgia, off from the sea. During the first four months of 1862, she remained active in Georgia and Florida waters, then shifted her efforts to the South Carolina coast, where she captured a blockade-running schooner in June. 

    In 1863, Pembina was sent to join the blockade of the Gulf coast. She took two sailing vessels off Mobile Bay, Alabama, in April 1863 and another off Texas late in 1864. In August 1864, Pembina also supported the penetration and capture of Mobile Bay's entrances. The gunboat was sent north after the end of the Civil War. She decommissioned in September 1865 and was sold in November. Renamed Charles E. Gibson, and soon converted to a schooner, she subsequently had a long career in the merchant service. 

    Comes housed in 12 inch x 16 inch riker display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.

    Inventory Number: IDE 111 / SOLD