Michael Hoban - Landsman

Michael Hoban was born circa 1826 in County Galway, Ireland. Prior to his enlistment in the U.S. Navy, Hoban was a private in Company E, 20th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry[5]. He was captured by Union forces near Lafayette, Georgia on 13 September 1863. Tedder was first sent to a Union prison in Louisville, KY and on 22 September 1863, was sent to Camp Chase, Columbus, OH. On 17 January 1864, he was sent to the Rock Island Barracks (now Rock Island Arsenal).

Hoban was among the Confederate POW's who volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Navy from Rock Island. He enlisted on 22 January 1864 at the Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL Naval Rendezvous as a Landsman for a 3 year enlistment[1].

Hoban first served aboard the U.S.S. Wyalusing and later the U.S.S. Minnesota.[2] Sometime between June and July 1864, he was transferred to the Tecumseh. He was reported lost with her during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864 as reported in Navy casualty lists[3], [4]

He was approximately 38 years old and had been in the Navy for just over seven months.



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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Chicago, IL for enlistments of rebel prisoners in the U.S. Navy from 'Rock Island Barracks' and 'Camp Douglas, Chicago IL' January 1864

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

[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

[5] M320, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Louisiana, National Archives at Washington, D.C.