USS Montgomery C-9



Montgomery IV
(C-3: dp. 2,034, 1. 269'6", b. 37', dr. 14'7", s 17 k cpl. 274; a. 3 5", 6 6-pars., 2 1-pars., 3 18" tt i cl. Montgomery)

The fourth Montgomery (C-9), named for Montgomery Ala., was launched 5 December 1831 by Columbia Iron Works, Baltimore, Md.; sponsored by Miss Sophia Smith and commissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard 21 June 1894, Comdr. Charles W. Davis is command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron, the new cruiser operated along the eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean. During the Spanish-American War, she cruised near Cuba and Haiti in April 1898 and in May Joined the blockade of Havana. She took two prizes, Lorenzo and Fraeguito, 5 May, and shelled the Spanish forts a week later

In April 1899 Montgomery transferred to the South Atlantic Squadron and operated along the Atlantic coast of South America until returning to the United States and decommissioning at New York 15 September 1900. Recommissioned 15 May 1902, she was assigned to the Caribbean Division, North Atlantic Squadron, and operated in the West Indies until decommissioning at Philadelphia 13 September 1904.'

Montgomery commissioned 2 January 1908 and operated in the 5th Naval District as a torpedo experimental ship. From 1914 to 1918 she served with the Maryland Naval Militia. Renamed Anniston 14 March 1918, she was assigned to Division 2, American Patrol Detachment, for patrol and escort duty along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean. Decommissioning at Charleston, s.a., 16 May 1918, Annioton was struck from the Navy list 25 August 1919 and sold 14 November 1919.