Edward Meade, Apothecary, USN, USS Louisiana, Served 1861-1867 Last Enlistment. 20 Years Service. Died at Naval Asylum Penn
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 about Edward Meade Name: Edward Meade Birth Date: abt 1804 Death Date: 7 Mar 1876 Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Age at Death: 72 Burial Date: 9 Mar 1876 Burial Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gender: Male Race: White Street Address: U S Naval Asylumn Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Cemetery: Mount Moriah Marital Status: Single FHL Film Number: 2027367
U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 about Edward Meade Name: Edward Meade Death Date: 7 Mar 1875 Cemetery: MT. Moriah Naval Plot Cemetery Address: 62nd St & Kingsessing Ave Philadelphia, PA 19142 Buried At: Section 2 Row 15 Site 17
Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 about Edward Meade Name: Edward Meade Birth Date: 1804 Death Date: 7 Mar 1876 Age: 72 Military Branch: Navy Veteran of Which War: U.S. Civil War Cemetery Name: Mount Moriah Cemetery Cemetery Location: Delaware
USS Louisiana (1861-1864)
USS Louisiana, a 295-ton (burden) in screw gunboat, was built as Wilmington, Delaware, in 1860 as the commercial steamship of the same name. She was purchased by the Navy in July 1861 and placed in commission in August. Through most of the Civil War, Louisiana was employed along the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina, enforcing the blockade of the Confederacy and participating in operations against enemy positions ashore. In September 1861 she exchanged gunfire with CSS Patrick Henry off Newport News, Va. During the following month Louisiana helped secure Chincoteague and Wallops Island, capturing or destroying four sailing vessels in the process.
In early January 1862 Louisiana went to Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, to begin operations on the North Carolina Sounds, where she took part in the capture of Roanoke Island and New Bern during February and March. She was later involved in several expeditions up enemy-held rivers, used her guns to support troops ashore and seized two Confederate schooners. In November 1864, USS Louisiana was converted to a kind of large bomb for use in an upcoming attempt to capture Fort Fisher, which guarded the approaches to the blockade-running port of Wilmington, North Carolina. Filled with gunpowder, she was run ashore near the fort on the night of 23-24 December and set afire. When the flames reached the explosives, the resulting blast completely destroyed Louisiana, but had no adverse effect on Fort Fisher and its defenders, who had to be overcome by naval bombardment and amphibious assault in January 1865.