ENS Joseph Cabell Breckinridge

ENS Joseph Cabell Breckinridge

Birth
Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Death 11 Feb 1898 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 8884603 · View Source
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Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (6 March 1872 – 11 February 1898) was an officer in the United States Navy in the Spanish-American War. He was the son of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, Sr., a Major General in the United States Army, and a member of the prominent Breckinridge family.

Breckinridge was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1895. He served on the battleship Texas, where on several occasions he displayed remarkable coolness and ability in times of peril.

While serving on the USS Cushing (TB-1), Ensign Breckinridge was washed overboard and drowned in Cuban waters. Two sailors who attempted to rescue him, Ship's Cook First Class Daniel Atkins and Gunner's Mate Third Class John Everetts, were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the incident.



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  • Maintained by: John Sloan
  • Originally Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 7 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8884603
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for ENS Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (6 Mar 1872–11 Feb 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8884603, citing Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by John Sloan (contributor 47407593) .