- James Edward Jouett
Infobox Military Person
name = James Edward Jouett
7 February 1826– 30 September 1902
placeofbirth = near
placeofdeath = Sandy Springs,
caption = James Edward Jouett
United States of America
serviceyears = 1841-1890
U.S. Navy Union Navy
unit = USS "Metacomet" Commanded
North Atlantic Squadron1889 Panamaaction
Battle of Mobile Bay
awards = Rear Admiral James Edward Jouett (
7 February 1826– 30 September 1902) was an officer in the United States Navyduring the Mexican-American Warand the American Civil War. His father was Matthew Harris Jouett, a notable painter, and his grandfather was Revolutionary War hero Jack Jouett.
Lexington, Kentucky, Jouett was appointed Midshipman 10 September 1841. He served on the African coast in "Decatur" with Matthew C. Perryand in "John Adams" during the Mexican-American War.
American Civil War
At the beginning of the Civil War, Jouett was captured by Confederates at
Pensacola, Floridabut was soon paroled. He then joined the blockading forces off Galveston, Texas, distinguishing himself during the night of 7 to 8 November 1861in the capture and destruction of Confederate schooner"Royal Yacht", while serving on USS "Santee". Jouett later commanded "Montgomery" and "R. R. Cuyler" on blockading duty and in September 1863took command of "Metacomet".
Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, his ship was lashed to Admiral David Farragut's flagship"Hartford" as the ships entered the bay. Monitor "Tecumseh" was sunk by an underwater "torpedo", but the ships steamed on, inspired by Farragut's famous command: "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells! Captain Drayton go ahead! Jouett full speed!" "Metacomet" was sent after two Confederate gunboats, and in a short chase Jouett riddled "Gaines" and captured "Selma".
Post-Civil War and last years
Jouett had various commands ashore and afloat after the Civil War, taking command of the
North Atlantic Squadronin 1884. In 1889 he commanded a naval force which forced the opening of the isthmus of Panama, threatened by insurrection.
Admiral Jouett was named President of the
Board of Inspection and Surveyand served from June 1886- February 1890.
Rear Admiral Jouett retired in 1890 and lived for most of his remaining years at "The Anchorage," near
Sandy Springs, Maryland.
Honored in ship naming
Three ships in the United States Navy have been named USS "Jouett" in his honor.
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