Mathew Brady Photograph of the Armed Gun Boat Commodore Perry, 1864

Medium format albumen print of the Commodore Perry, an armed gunboat converted from a ferry boat, on the Pamunkey River, taken by Mathew Brady ca 1864. 7.75 x 5.75 in., on a 9.5 x 7.5 in. mount affixed with the printed text Gun Boat and penciled "Commodore Perry."

The USS Commodore Perry was a steamer built in 1859 by Stack and Joyce, Williamsburg, New York. She was purchased by the Navy in October of 1861, and commissioned later in the month, with Acting Master F.J. Thomas in command. In January 1861, the Commodore Perry joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and between February 8 and 9, she took part in the attack that ended with the surrender of Roanoke Island, which was part of the campaign that resulted in the Navy securing key coastal points. She went on to take part in the capture of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on February 10, and captured the schooner Lynnhaven the following day. The Commodore Perry was also engaged in the capture of New Berne and Washington along the North Carolina coast in March. On October 3, she joined in an Army-Navy expedition against Franklin, Virginia, and on December 10, joined an attack against Plymouth, North Carolina. As a result of their actions during the expedition against Franklin, Virginia, four crewmen were awarded the Medal of Honor, including John Breen, Daniel Lakin, Alfred Peterson, and John Williams.

In early 1863, the Commodore Perry patrolled the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds before undergoing repairs at Norfolk, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland later in the year. She returned to her squadron in March 1864 for duty in the inland and coastal waters of Virginia, joining in several amphibious expeditions until the end of the Civil War, when she sailed from Norfolk to New York City, where she was decommissioned on June 26, 1865.

Condition:Print is excellent, with one minor smudge at lower right.

Estimate: $600 - $800
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