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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, March 29, 1865
Mine Explosion in Blakey River
On 29 March 1865, while engaged in action against Spanish Fort, near Mobile, Alabama, USS Osage struck a Confederate torpedo while trying to avoid a collision with the USS Winnebago. ... She sank in the Blakely River. ... Osage had the distinction of being the first U.S. Navy ship to use a periscope in combat.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 5

Namesort descending Service Branch
Master at arms Lewis De Wall USN
Ordinary Seaman John Everhart USN
Ordinary Seaman Nicholas Heydenger USN
Seaman William Paigher USN
Ordinary Seaman Charles Taylor USN
Various Sources