James Lawless - Fireman 1st Class

James Lawless was born circa 1836 in England and re-enlisted on 1 February 1864 at the New York, NY Naval Rendezvous as a Fireman 1st Class for a 1 year enlistment[1].

Lawless was attached to the Tecumseh on 20 April 1864 [2]. 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 28 years old and had been in the Navy for just over two years and seven months. He left behind a wife and a three year old son[5].


Wife: Margaret Lawless (married 11 September 1860)
Son: Matthew John Lawless (born 29 October 1861)

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, NY for the week ending February 6, 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] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910