Adm Stephen Clegg Rowan

Adm Stephen Clegg Rowan

Birth
County Dublin, Ireland
Death 31 Mar 1890 (aged 81)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Stewart, Lots 597-598 East.
Memorial ID 37280108 · View Source
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Vice Admiral United States Navy.

The following is courtesy of contributor, Rubbings:
Stephen Clegg Rowan (December 25, 1808 – March 31, 1890) was a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, who served during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Rowan came to the United States at the age of 10 and lived in Piqua, Ohio. Rowan was a graduate of Miami University. Appointed Midshipman in the United States Navy on February 1, 1826, he took an active role in the Mexican-American War, serving as Executive Officer of the sloop Cyane during the capture of Monterey, California on July 7, 1846, and in the occupation of both San Diego and Los Angeles.

Captain of the steam sloop Pawnee at the outbreak of the American Civil War, he made gallant attempts to relieve Fort Sumter and to burn the Norfolk Navy Yard. In the fall of 1861 he assisted in the capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet; then, taking command of a flotilla in the North Carolina sounds, he cooperated in the capture of Roanoke Island in February 1862. Promoted to Captain for gallantry, he then supported the capture of Elizabeth City, Edenton, and New Bern. During the summer of 1863, he commanded the broadside ironclad New Ironsides on blockade duty off Charleston, South Carolina and the following August assumed command of Federal forces in the North Carolina sounds. During this time the rebel semi-submersible CSS David attacked the New Ironsides with a spar torpedo. In the ensuing explosion one man was killed and a large hole was torn into the ironclad but she continued her blockading duties.

Commissioned Rear Admiral on July 25, 1866, Rowan served as Commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard until 1867, when he assumed command of the Asiatic Squadron. Returning in 1870 he was appointed Vice Admiral in August of that year and served as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard from 1872 to 1876, as Governor of the Naval Asylum at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1881 and as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C. from 1882 until his retirement in 1889.

Vice Admiral Rowan died in Washington, D.C.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adm Stephen Clegg Rowan (25 Dec 1808–31 Mar 1890), Find a Grave Memorial no. 37280108, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .