Charles Swasey

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Charles H. Swasey
Inscription on the gravestone of Lt. Charles Swasey at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts
Born (1839-06-21)June 21, 1839
Died October 4, 1862(1862-10-04) (aged 23)
Donaldsonville, Louisiana
Buried Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Taunton, Massachusetts)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1854–1862
Rank USN lt rank insignia.jpg Lieutenant
Battles/wars American Civil War

Charles H. Swasey (June 21, 1839-October 4, 1862) was an officer in the United States Navy who was killed in action during the 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.

He is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Taunton, Massachusetts.


Two ships have been named USS Swasey in his honor.

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