a little more than a year later,
Vincennes spent the next three years suppressing the slave trade
off Africa. After this hot, grueling period came yet another decommissioning.
With the outbreak of hostilities between the States, Vincennes was
promptly put into service by June 1861. She was assigned blockading
duties with the Gulf Squadron off the Mississippi coast.
one confrontation with Confederate blockade runners, Vincennes was
run aground. Perhaps as a sign of the Vincennes spirit, the ship
refused to explode when a slow match was put to her magazines to
prevent her from falling into enemy hands. The ship was re-floated
and later assumed command of a blockade at Ship Island, Mississippi,
on October 4, 1862. Vincennes remained in the Mississippi Sound
for the duration of the war and was finally taken out of service
at the Boston Navy Yard in Massachusetts on August 28, 1865.
October 5, 1867, more than 41 years after entering Naval service,
the sloop-of-war Vincennes was sold at public auction for approximately
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