CDR Edward A Terry

CDR Edward A Terry

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Jun 1882 (aged 43)
Manitou Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 46354291 · View Source
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Edward Terry USN. 00341, USN 1853 Died Manitou Springs, Co. June 1, 1882.
Edward was of the class of 1858 in the Naval Academy and was Commandant of Midshipmen in the 1870's and whose career was cut short by his untimely death from Tuberculosis in 1882. He was a Commander. Only ship command was the USS Saco, a 410 ton screw steamship in the European Fleet.
] Civil War
By 1861, he was assigned to the steam sloop Richmond and served in her with the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron throughout the Civil War. He participated in the engagement with the Confederate ram Manassas on October 12, 1861, the artillery duel with Fort McRee and other shore batteries on 22 November, the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the capture of New Orleans in late April 1862.

After New Orleans, David Farragut's force moved up the Mississippi, and Terry was present when the salt water fleet ran the gauntlet at Vicksburg and joined Flag Officer Charles H. Davis' riverine fleet above the Southern stronghold. In January 1863, Terry was promoted to lieutenant commander. On March 14, his ship joined others of the fleet in bombarding the batteries surrounding Port Hudson so that Farragut could dash past them and establish a blockade cutting the Confederacy's Red River supply line. In his last major engagement, the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, Terry helped to close the last major Conferederate port on the Gulf of Mexico.

His parents were Edward Terry and Sophia Pollack.


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Tomestone for Terry is located in the Naval Academy graveyard. A granite stone column over seven feet tall, top is made to look as if broken off at a jagged angle. On the seaward side of the monument the words "Commander Edward Terry who fought valiantly at the battles of Mobile Bay, Vicksburg, and New Orleans" are followed by the date June 1, 1882.

Commandant of Cadets 1871 - written on his grave stone.


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  • Created by: Eleanor Stuart McKinney Dolan
  • Added: 5 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46354291
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CDR Edward A Terry (24 Jan 1839–1 Jun 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46354291, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Eleanor Stuart McKinney Dolan (contributor 46803347) .