CHARLES H. SWASEY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Swasey '59

Date of birth: June 21, 1839

Date of death: October 4, 1862

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Charles Swasey was admitted to the Naval Academy from Taunton, Massachusetts on September 28, 1854 at age 15 years 3 months.

Loss

1859 Swasey 1.jpg

From Wikipedia:

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 listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall and in the Register of Alumni, though the latter has no date associated with this action.

He is buried in Massachusetts.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 28 September, 1854. Midshipman, 9 June, 1859. Lieutenant, 31 August, 1861. Killed in action 4 October, 1862.

Namesakes

USS Swasey (DD 273) was named for him; the ship was sponsored by Ms. Mary L. Swasey (relationship unspecified).

USS Swasey (DE 248) was also named for him.


Class of 1859

Charles is one of 5 members of the Class of 1859 in Memorial Hall.