Michael McElleney - Coal Heaver

Michael McElleney was born circa 1831 in Ireland and enlisted on 1 March 1864 at the New York, NY Naval Rendezvous as a coal heaver for a 1 year enlistment[1].

McElleney 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 33 years old and had been in the Navy for six months. He left behind a wife and two children.[5]


Wife: Bridget McElleney (married September 1851, died 12 November 1864)
Son: Aloysius McElleney (born 28 March 1854)
Son: Daniel McElleney (born 1 January 1856)

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, NY for the week ending March 5, 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