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SMN Augustus Aggers
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Birth: 1840
Death: Apr. 10, 1908

Augustus Aggers, Seaman, USN, died 10 April 1908

Pension records show service on board USS General Sherman

U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about Augustus Aggers
Name: Augustus Aggers
Publication: M1279
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 7417
Certification Number: 19506

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934about Augustus Aggers
Name: Augustus
Widow: Louisa C Aggers
Roll Number: T288_3

USS General Sherman (1864) was acquired from the U.S. War Department by the Union Navy during the American Civil War as a gunboat in waterways of the Confederate South.

Constructed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1864

General Sherman, a 187-ton side-wheel "tinclad" river gunboat, was one of four light wooden gunboats built at Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the War Department in 1864. She commissioned at Bridgeport, Alabama, 27 July 1864, Acting Master Joseph W. Morehead in command.

Turned over to the Navy and commissioned in July 1864, General Sherman spent most of her service on the Upper Tennessee River.
Patrolling the Tennessee River

General Sherman was assigned to the 11th District, Mississippi Squadron, and became part of Lt. Moreau Forrest's gunboat fleet on the upper Tennessee River.

Leaving Bridgeport, Alabama, 22 August, she patrolled with other gunboats between Decatur, Alabama, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, controlling guerrilla attacks and working to prevent major elements of Confederate General John Bell Hood's army from crossing the river into Tennessee. General Sherman continued to patrol until she returned to Bridgeport for repairs 17 December.
Supporting General Steedman at Decatur

Returning to the upper Tennessee River, General Sherman lent vital artillery support to the forces of General James B. Steedman at Decatur, 27 December, shelling Confederate emplacements as Union Army troops crossed the river.

She again patrolled the river, attempting to cut off the withdrawal of Hood's army from Tennessee and convoying Union supply ships, until the war ended.

Post-war return to the Army Quartermaster

General Sherman was returned to the Army Quartermaster Department at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 3 June 1865.

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Burial:
Valley Cemetery
McKean
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: Rubbings
Originally Created by: Fred King
Record added: Apr 28, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5396578
SMN Augustus Aggers
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SMN Augustus Aggers
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SMN Augustus Aggers
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