Joseph S. Cony

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Joseph Saville Cony (1834 – 10 February 1867) was an officer in the United States Navy who served during the American Civil War. The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Cony (DD-508) was named in his honor.


Cony was born in 1834 in Eastport, Maine. He was appointed acting ensign 3 November 1862. First attached to the USS Western World, he commanded several successful small-boat expeditions along the Carolina coast.

On 22 August 1863, while Executive Officer of the USS Shokokon, he commanded a boat expedition of six men which surprised a much larger enemy encampment at New Topsail Inlet, near Wilmington, North Carolina. This small force captured ten men, one 12-pounder howitzer, eighteen horses, and destroyed the blockade running schooner Alexander Cooper and extensive salt works.[1] For this accomplishment Joseph S. Cony was promoted to Acting Master on 7 September 1863.

In April 1864, while attached to the USS Britannia, he received the thanks of Major General Peck for his cooperation with the landing expedition at Bogue Inlet. During his cruise in this vessel he participated in the first attack on Fort Fisher. At the time of the second attack he was attached to the USS Fort Jackson and was one of the volunteers in the Navy assault party which assisted in carrying the fort.

Cony was honorably discharged 7 November 1865. In 1866, Mr. Cony was appointed Lieutenant in the regular navy. By that time he was master of the merchant vessel, City of Bath, at sea. Before he could accept this appointment, he went down with his ship off Cape Hatteras on 10 February 1867.[2]


  1. ^ Moore, Frank (1864). The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, With Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. New York: D. Van Nostrand. p. 484. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "USS Cony Commissioning Ceremony - 1949" (PDF). United States Navy. 17 November 1949. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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