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Joseph Coghlan : biography

9 December 1844 - 5 December 1908

Rear Admiral Joseph Bulloch Coghlan (9 December 1844 – 5 December 1908) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War and the Spanish–American War.


Born at Frankfort, Kentucky, Coghlan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1863. He served in the sloop-of-war during the Civil War. As commander of the screw sloop , Coghlan was military commander of the Department of Alaska from 15 September 1883 to 13 September 1884. During the Spanish-American War he led the expedition which captured the batteries at Cavite (2 May 1898) and at Isla Grande, Subic Bay (7 July) and commanded the protected cruiser during the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898.

He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1902. He commanded American forces at Colón, Panama during the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903.

He died at New Rochelle, New York.


Two ships have been named in his honor.


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