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Born in Washington, DC, on November 12, 1840, Commander
George Mifflin Bache died there on February 11, 1896.
He entered the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, by
appointment from Pennsylvania on November 19, 1857. During the Civil War 1861-62, he was attached
to the sloop Jamestown, and the steam sloop Powhattan. Thereafter he commanded the ironclad
Cincinnati in the Mississippi Squadron, 1862-63, taking part in engagements at
Haines Bluff, and with the Vicksburg batteries on March 1863, and on May 27,
1863. The Cincinnati was sunk in the
latter engagement. He was commended by
Rear Admiral Porter for his meritorious conduct in that battle, and was praised
by General Sherman who witnessed the battle, and received the thanks for the
During the remainder of the war, he commanded the gunboat
Lexington, a Mississippi Squadron vessel, 1863-64. He became Executive Officer of the Powhattan,
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, in 1864, and participated in both attacks
on Fort Fisher and led one of the divisions of the naval assault on the works
during which he was wounded.
The two years 1865-67, he was second mate in the sloop
Sacramento, on a special service cruise to the Orient, ending in the wrecking
of the Sacramento in the Bay of Bengal.
After a tour at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where the Juniata was being
fitted out, he served in that steam sloop in the European Squadron, 1869-72.
Three years of duty at the Washington Navy Yard in the
Ordnance Department, was followed by his retirement from the Naval Service in
The USS Bache (DD470) was so named in his memory. Built by the Navy Yard, New York, the Bache
was launched July 27, 1942, when the daughter of Commander Bache, Miss Louise
Franklin Bache of New Rochelle, New York, acted as sponsor. That destroyer was commissioned in the US
Navy in November, 1942.