Charles S. Boggs
Charles Stewart Boggs
Rear Admiral Boggs, USN, c. 1870
|Born||January 28, 1811|
|Died||April 22, 1888(aged 77)|
Christ Church (Episcopal), New Brunswick, NJ
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1826–1873|
|Commands held||USS Varuna|
|Battles/wars||Mexican–American War |
American Civil War
Early life and career
Boggs was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was appointed a Midshipman in November 1826 and was assigned to the Boston Navy Yard until 1830, when he began two years at sea on board the brig Porpoise.
For the rest of the 1830s and the 1840s he had duties ashore and afloat, receiving his commission as Lieutenant in 1837, while serving in the ship of the line North Carolina.
Promoted to the rank of Commander in 1855, Boggs commanded two mail steamers during the next four years and was a lighthouse inspector at San Francisco, California in 1860-1861.
Civil War service
In the attack of the squadron on the Mississippi forts, April 18–24 ... he destroyed six of the Confederate gunboats, but finally lost his own vessel, after driving his antagonist ashore in flames. When he found the Varuna sinking, he ran her ashore, tied her to the trees, and fought his guns until the water was over the guntracks.
Varuna was lost in the battle with 184 casualties. Receiving his Captain's commission in July 1862, during the rest of the American Civil War he was commanding officer of the steam sloops Juniata and Sacramento, with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, the steam cruiser Connecticut in the West Indies, and had special duty at the New York Navy Yard.
Post-war service and last years
The destroyer USS Boggs (DD-136) was named for him.
- Ripley and Dana, p. 686.
- Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A. (Ed.) (1863): The New American Cyclopedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge, Volume XVI, V-Zwirner, D. Appleton & Company, New York.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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