GEORGE A. BORCHERT, LT, CSN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Borchert '59

Date of birth: April 28, 1839

Date of death: September 1, 1867

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

George Borchert was admitted to the Naval Academy from Savannah, Georgia on September 20, 1855 at age 16 years 5 months.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

George Anton Borchert (surname also shown as Borchet), born Savannah, Georgia, April 28, 1839; son of Anthony and Louisa Borchert; original service in the United States Navy, from September 20, 1855; graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1859; entered the Confederate States Navy, July 23, 1861, as midshipman; served on the New Orleans station, 1861; promoted 2nd lieutenant, February 8, 1862; later served on the CSS Baltic, and the side wheeled gunboat CSS Morgan, Mobile Squadron, Alabama, 1862 – 1863; by order of lieutenant commanding William P.A. Campbell, dated at Charleston, South Carolina, June 8, 1863, he was ordered to proceed to Wilmington, North Carolina, and there board the blockade runner Sirius, for Nassau; served on the cruiser CSS Rappahannock, 1863 – 1864, and the ram CSS Stonewall, 1865; appointed 1st lieutenant, Provisional Navy, to rank from January 6, 1864; served, post war, in the Mexican Imperial Navy, and later in the Colombian Navy; together with fellow ex-Confederate Navy officer, John W. Murdough, he was hacked to pieces and murdered by an armed mob at Carthagena, Colombia, September 1, 1867. [ORN 1, 3, 729 and 2, 1, 292 & 320; Register1863; JCC 4, 121; Georgia in the War, 1861 – 1865, 107; New York Herald dated Friday, May 12, 1865, page 1; CSS Rappahannock Muster Roll; 1860 U.S. Census; New York Times dated June 13, 1859; Daily News and Herald (Savannah, Georgia) dated Wednesday, September 25, 1867; Confederate States Navy subject file N – NF – Distribution and Transfers.]

Abstract from Laurel Grove Cemetery Keepers Book: The remains of George A. BORCHERT were removed from South America, and were buried on 23 May 1869 in Lot 578.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 20 September, 1855. Midshipman, 9 June, 1859. Dismissed 24 July, 1861.


Class of 1859

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