Como Charles Stewart McCauley

Como Charles Stewart McCauley

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 May 1869 (aged 76)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Chapel Valley, Lot 489.
Memorial ID 37275570 · View Source
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Remains removed from the Congressional Cemetery on November 7, 1893.

He was named after his maternal uncle, Rear Admiral Charles Stewart.

The New York Times May 23, 1869
The Late Commodore McCauley, United States Navy
Commodore Charles Stewart McCauley, one of the oldest naval officers died at his residence in Washington on Friday in the 76th year of his age. Commodore McCauley was a nephew of Admiral Charles Stewart who commanded the frigate Constitution during the War of 1812, was born in Philadelphia, entered the Navy at the age of 13 under Commodore Decatur and served under Commodore Chauncey as Midshipman. During the last war with Great Britain he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and obtained the highest rank of Post Captain in 1839. He was assigned to the command of the Delaware in 1840, had charge of the Washington Navy Yard during the Mexican War, commanded the Pacific Squadron from 1850 to 1853 and his last sea service was while in command of the Home Squadron having been assigned to this duty in 1855 during the diplomatic complication between Spain and the United States to protect the maritime interests of the country in the West Indies.

After the breaking out of the rebellion in 1861 Commodore McCauley was in command of the Norfolk Navy Yard and under instructions from the Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles destroyed the property at that place to prevent its falling into the hands of the rebels. The Congressional Committee appointed to investigate the affair failing to exonerate him entirely from blame in the matter he felt that his honor as an officer had been wounded, his reputation blemished, the effect of which was to plunge him into the deepest melancholy and causing disease of the heart of which he died.

Under the Act of Congress of July 16, 1862 Commodore McCauley was placed on the retired list having served his country in the Navy for over half a century.


Age 75 years


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