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Joseph Coghlan commanding the USS Raleigh, circa 1898

Rear Admiral Joseph Bulloch Coghlan (9 December 1844 ‚Äď 5 December 1908) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Biography

Born at Frankfort, Kentucky, Coghlan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1863. He served in Sacramento during the Civil War. As commander of the USS Adams, Coghlan was military commander of the Department of Alaska from 15 Sep 1883 to 13 Sep 1884. During the Spanish-American War he led the expedition which captured the batteries at Cavite (2 May 1898) and at Isla Grande, Subic Bay (7 July) and commanded the cruiser USS Raleigh during the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898.

He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1902 and died at New Rochelle, New York.

Namesakes

Two ships have been named USS Coghlan in his honor.

References

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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