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from Historical Dictionary of Pyongyang


SCHOOLS. See Education.

SHENANDOAH, USS. This US ironclad warship, under Commander John C. Febinger, manned by a crew of 230, was sent to Pyongyang in 1868 to try to get confirmation over what happened to the General Sherman two years earlier, and also to seek compensation. The screw sloop USS Wachusett, under Commander Robert W. Shufeldt, had heard unofficially what had happened, and this had led to the Shenandoah being sent. Its crew included many marines, and it had nine large guns.

This time Kim Ung U, the great-grandfather of Kim Il Sung, had raised a large force of volunteers in Pyongyang, and they were ready for the Shenandoah, which fired upon by the soldiers and volunteers who were maintaining the Tongjin battery. After remaining in the Taedong River for 20 days, during which Shufeldt heard that the men on the General Sherman had been responsible for their own fate, the Shenandoah pulled back. The vessel, which had seen action during the American Civil War, was decommissioned in 1867.

SHUFELDT, ROBERT WILSON (1822–1895). A US Navy officer, he was the commander of the screw sloop USS Wachusett which went to Pyongyang after the sinking of the General Sherman in 1866 to ascertain what had happened to that vessel. He had been born on 21 February 1822 in Red Hook, New York, and joined the US Navy as a midshipman in 1839.