1st Asst. Eng. - Confederate States Navy. Wed to Mary Jane Gill Ahern.
CS Navy engineer, William Ahern
William Ahern, born New York, October, 1840; son of Jeremiah and Alvacinda Ahern; brother of Confederate Navy engineer, Holmes Ahern; shown to be residing with his parents at Rensselear County, New York, in 1850; resided as a machinist, in 1860, at Richmond, Virginia; married in 1860; appointed from Virginia; original entry into Confederate States Navy, as acting 3rd assistant engineer, September 30, 1861; served on the Richmond station, 1861 – 1862; later on the Jackson station, 1862; later as 2nd assistant engineer, on the CSS Palmetto State, 1862 – 1863; promoted acting 1st assistant engineer, August 15, 1863; served on the wooden gunboat CSS Drewry, James River squadron, 1863 - 1864; ordered by Secretary of the Navy, Mallory, on June 2, 1864, to report aboard the cruiser CSS Florida, and arrived aboard on June 19, 1864, at St. George, Bermuda; captured aboard the cruiser, October 7, 1864, off Bahia, Brazil; sent to Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, where he was received November 26, 1864; described as a dangerous character, and the prison guard were instructed to keep a close watch on him, and fellow officer, captain's clerk W.D. Hough; released February 1, 1865; resided as a machinist, in 1880, with his wife, Mary, and six children, at Richmond, Virginia; died at Chesterfield County, Virginia, November 6, 1901, and is buried at the Maury Cemetery, Richmond. [ORN 1, 3, 256, 613 & 615; 1, 10, 190 & 633; 1, 13, 619 and 2, 1, 284, 319 & 321; Register1862; Register1863; Register1864; Fort Warren; 1850 U.S. Census; 1860 U.S. Census; 1880 U.S. Census; 1900 U.S. Census; New York Times dated November 18, 1864.]