Edward Magrath - Coal Heaver

Edward Magrath was born circa 1846 in England and enlisted on 8 January 1864 at the New York, NY Naval Rendezvous as a landsman for a 1 year enlistment[1].

Magrath was first attached to the Owasco on 16 June 1864 [2]. Since the Owasco was at the Pensacola Navy Yard undergoing repairs that would last until October 1864, Magrath went as a coal heaver along 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.[5].

He was approximately 18 years old and had been in the Navy for nearly eight months.



Awards & Memorials


Alternate Spellings of Name

Edward McGrath

References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, NY for the week ending January 9, 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] "Various Naval Matters" Army and Navy Journal, August 27, 1864 p13