David W. Terhune - Coal Heaver

David W. Terhune was born circa 1843 in Inglemoor, New Jersey, and enlisted on 5 January 1864 at the New York Naval Rendezvous as an coal heaver for a one year enlistment contract [1]

Terhune served aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina from 5 January 1864 to 4 February 1864 [3]. He was attached to the U.S.S. Owasco on 5 February 1864 [3]. Since the Owasco was at the Pensacola Navy Yard undergoing repairs that would last until October 1864, Terhune went 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 [4]. He was officially attached to the Tecumseh on 4 August 1864.[2]

Terhune was aboard the Tecumseh during the Battle of Mobile Bay and was reported lost with her. [5], [6]. He had been in the Navy for eight months.


None. Mother claimed his pension.

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, 14th State Street, New York, New York, for the week ending January 9, 1864

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

[3] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910

[4] "Various Naval Matters" Army and Navy Journal, August 27, 1864 p13

[5] "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.

[6] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885