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 John Ambrose Driscoll

John Ambrose Driscoll

Death 13 Jun 1921 (aged 82)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot USNH Plot 3 Row 9 Grave 10
Memorial ID 86864215 · View Source
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John Driscoll, Fireman 1st Class, USN, USS Monitor, Civil War, LAST SURVIVOR OF "MONITOR", Served 1863-1864

Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 about John Driscoll
Name: John Driscoll
Birth Date: 11 Jun 1839
Death Date: 13 Jun 1921
Age: 82
Military Branch: Navy
Veteran of Which War: U.S. Civil War
Cemetery Name: Mount Moriah Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Delaware


The following article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer , 14 June 1921, Page 4.


John Dirscoll Succumbs to Heart Disease Here, Aged 82

Fought Against Confederate "Merrimac;" Sailed Away Without Farewell

John Driscoll, said to be the last survivor of the "Monitor," died yesterday in the U.S. Naval Home, Twenty-fourth street and Gray's Ferry road. Heart disease, superinduced by old age, was given as the cause of death by the physicians in charge.

Driscoll, who was 82 years old last Saturday, was born in Ireland and came to this country at the age of fifteen. He obtained employment as a machinist's apprentice in Troy, N. N., and later moved to Brooklyn.

On February 14, 1862, at the age of twenty-three, Dirscoll answered the call for volunteers to man the "monitor," invented by Ericsson to fight the Confederate inron-clad "Merrimac," which was destroying the Union men-of-war.

The "Monitor" was placed in commission on February 25 and left the Brooklyn Navy Yard in tow of the naval tug "Low." According to the story later told by Driscoll, Ericsson, the inventor, was the only person to say good-bye to the crew when the vessel was about to sail.

He said that the crew was broken-hearted over the failure of a single person to wave farewell as they sailed down the East River, but predicted that some day the Nation would cheer to them.

Driscoll was one of the men who, with Commander Worden, helped to sink the "Merrimac" in Hampton Roads, and said that after President Lincoln and his Cabinet went aboard later and shook their hands, the prediction of the crew came true. The entire Nation cheered them.

During President Wilson's first term Driscoll expressed a desire to visit a modern battleship. The Navy Department arranged a trip around to the Pacific Coast via the Panama Canal for Driscoll and the retired sea-fighter marvelled over the strides in development of war vessels since the invention of the "Monitor."

He will be buried in the Naval plot at Mt. Moriah Cemetery on Thursday, according to present arrangements, preparations are under way for a naval escort befitting his career.

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