James Hamilton - Coal Heaver

James Hamilton enlisted on 31 July 1862 aboard the U.S.S. Owasco as a coal heaver [1].

Since the Owasco was at the Pensacola Navy Yard undergoing repairs that would last until October 1864, Hamilton went with a number of his shipmates to augment the Tecumseh's complement for the impending Battle of Mobile Bay after a number of her crew were sent ashore sick.[2]

Hamilton was aboard the Tecumseh during the Battle of Mobile Bay and was reported lost with her. [3], [4]. He had been in the Navy for just over two years.



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References and Sources

[1] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[2] "Various Naval Matters" Army and Navy Journal, August 27, 1864 p13

[3] "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.

[4] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885