Charles H. Swasey
Inscription on the gravestone of Lt. Charles Swasey at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts
June 21, 1839|
|Died||October 4, 1862
|Buried at||Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Taunton, Massachusetts)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1854–1862|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Born in Massachusetts, Swasey was appointed midshipman on 28 September 1854, and commissioned lieutenant on 31 August 1861. Swasey served aboard Varuna in the engagement with the steamer CSS Governor Moore below New Orleans, Louisiana, on 24 April 1862. He then served as executive officer of Sciota on the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Lieutenant Swasey was wounded during an engagement with Confederate forces near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, on 4 October 1862, and died the same day.
Two ships have been named USS Swasey in his honor.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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