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Capt Francis A. Riley

Capt Francis A. Riley

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 14 Feb 1862 (aged 42)
Stewart County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 54, Lot 9
Memorial ID 22548808 · View Source
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Union Civil War Navy Officer. Born in Ohio, he was known as "Frank" and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio when the Civil War began. He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy in 1861 and became a Captain under Flag Officer Andrew Foote. Riley was also the pilot of the U.S.S. St. Louis, Foote's flagship of the fleet, the Western Flotilla. An ironclad gunboat, the U.S.S. St. Louis was involved in heavy fighting during the Battle of Fort Donelson on February 14, 1862. The vessel suffered 59 hits from the artillery fire of the Confederate batteries at the fort and was temporarily disabled. Riley was killed during the battle and Foote was severely wounded and later died from complications of his wound 16 months later. Riley's body was returned to Cincinnati for burial at Spring Grove Cemetery two months later. He was 42 years old. His son, "Long John" Reilly (as it is spelled), played professional baseball with the Cincinnati ballclub for ten seasons.


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  • Created by: K Guy
  • Added: 29 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22548808
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Francis A. Riley (3 Feb 1820–14 Feb 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22548808, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by K Guy (contributor 46886706) .