These twenty pounder Parrott guns belonged to the United States Battleship Pensacola. Mounted in memory of Given Post No 113, G.A.R., Wooster, and dedicated to the soldiers, sailors and noble patriotic women of Wayne County, Ohio, July 4, 1902.
The U.S. Battleship Pensacola was launched at the Pensacola Navy Yard, Florida, August 13, 1859, and put in commission December 5, 1859. The cost of the ship and machinery was $626,954.88.
The Pensacola was a wooden ship-rigged screw steamer 230 feet 5 inches long, 44 feet 5 inches wide, displacement 3,000 tons. On September 15, 1861 she went into commission at the Washington Navy Yard, and proceeded to the Gulf. On April 24, 1862, with Farragut's fleet she engaged and passed the Confederate forts St. Philip and Jackson; and on April 25th engaged the batteries below New Orleans. Gallant service was rendered in both engagements, and 37 were killed or wounded.
The Pensacola was present when the Union flat was hoisted on the mint at New Orleans and she remained as receiving ship at or near New Orleans until the close of the war. Her commanding officers being Commodore H.H. Bell, Commodore James I. Palmer and Commander H. H. Strong.
Signed: First Lieutenant W. H. Woodland, Co. A, 16th Regt., O.V.I.; Andrew Branstetter, Co. G,
16th Regt., O.V.I.; Isaac H. Myers, Co. F., 166th Regt., O.V.I.; Committee.
Tablet renewed by Mrs. James Mullins Tent No. 17, Daughters of Veterans. · This plaque rededicated by the Bicentennial Committee, City of Wooster