COMMODORE Oscar Charles Badger

COMMODORE Oscar Charles Badger

Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 20 Jun 1899 (aged 75)
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2 Site 3760
Memorial ID 6801979 · View Source
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Commodore, U.S.Navy.
Died at age 76.Original Burial Site
Age 76 years. Buried June 22, 1899. Remains removed to Arlington National Cemetery.

Commodore Oscar Charles Badger (12 August 1823 – 20 June 1899) was an officer of the United States Navy who served in the Mexican–American and American Civil Wars.

Badger received an appointment as a midshipman in the United States Navy on 9 September 1841 and, after a tour of duty on SS Independence, he was attached to Saratoga along the Atlantic coast of Africa. While serving on the latter ship, he saw his first action in the punitive expedition that landed on the west coast of Africa in 1843 and destroyed the Berribee villages. Attached to the side wheel steamer Mississippi, during the Mexican–American War, he participated in the expedition that captured the Mexican town of Alvarado in the spring of 1847.

Badger then attended the Naval School (as the Naval Academy was then called) at Annapolis, Maryland; completed his course of study there; and was warranted a passed midshipman on 10 August 1847. By 1850, he was posted to the Pacific Squadron and was attached successively to USS Supply, the frigate Savannah, and the sloop Vincennes. He returned to shore duty in 1853 at the United States Naval Observatory located in Washington, D.C. In 1855, he returned to the Pacific Squadron for duty on the sloop John Adams and, that autumn, he participated in an expedition to the Fiji Islands to redress wrongs suffered by members of the crews of American whalers and merchant ships at the hands of natives. The landing party destroyed the village of Vutia. To round out his pre-Civil War service, Badger was assigned in turn to USS Plymouth, Macedonian, Minnesota, and, lastly, to the Washington Navy Yard.

He was serving in Washington, D.C. at the outbreak of the Civil War, and took command of the screw steamer Anacostia early in the conflict. There, he had a series of engagements against Confederate batteries along the Virginia bank of the Potomac River. During the Peninsula Campaign, he took part in the siege of Yorktown, Virginia. In 1862, he was transferred to the western theater to superintend the arming of river gunboats. In mid-1863, he was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and participated in the attack on shore batteries on Morris Island on 11 July 1863. A week later, he commanded Patapsco in an attack on Fort Wagner and, a month after that, led the ironclad in a series of operations against Forts Wagner, Gregg, and Sumter. On the night of 22 August 1863, he took command of the ironclad Montauk on another assault on Fort Sumter.

Soon thereafter, Badger was appointed fleet captain, ad interim, of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and, in that billet, he took part in another attack on Fort Sumter while on the flagship Weehawken on the night of 1 September 1863. During that action, he was severely wounded in the leg by flying metal shrapnel.

Badger spent the remaining years of the Civil War ashore performing ordnance duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and serving as inspector of cannon at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After the war, he became a companion of the District of Columbia Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. On December 26, 1866 he took command of the newly commissioned side-wheel steamer USS Peoria—a ship of the North Atlantic Squadron that rendered assistance to the victims of a fire that destroyed Basseterre on St. Kitts in the Leeward Islands. The Peoria was decommissioned in September 1867.

In 1868, he was assigned to equipment duty at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in New Hampshire. He returned to sea in 1871 in command of USS Ticonderoga of the South Atlantic Fleet. He commanded the receiving ship Ohio at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1873 and 1874 and served again at the Washington Navy Yard between 1875 and 1878.

Badger's last sea duty came in 1878 and 1879 when he commanded the frigate Constitution. During that time the ship voyaged to France where it represented the United States Navy at the Paris Exposition of 1878. The trip, that was beset by several mishaps, lasted from March 1878 to May 1879. During 1880, he was stationed at Washington for special duty. While serving at the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia, Badger was promoted to commodore in November 1881.

After commanding the Boston Navy Yard between 1881 and 1885, Badger retired in August 1885. He died on 20 June 1899 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. His son became a rear admiral, and his grandson, was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient at Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1914 and rose to the rank of admiral.

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