Daniel Gardner Taber - Coal Heaver

Daniel Gardner Taber was born circa 1822 in New Bedford, MA and enlisted on 17 May 1864 aboard the U.S.S. Minnesota at Hampton Roads as a Ordinary Seaman for a 2 2/3 year enlistment[1]. He was a transferee to the Navy from the Army.

Taber first served aboard the Minnesota until he was attached to the Tecumseh on 4 July 1864 with the rating of coal heaver [2], [5]. 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 42 years old and had been in the Navy for just under three months. He left behind a wife and three children.[5]


Wife: Caroline Taber (married 20 June 1859)
Son: William P. Taber (born 17 September 1859)
Daughter: Alice M. Taber (born 16 April 1861)
Daughter: Mabel G. Taber (born 3 March 1863)

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, U.S.S. Minnesota at Hampton Roads, April 16, 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