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 Peter Francis Galen

Peter Francis Galen

Death Jun 1904 (aged 63–64)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 10 Range 3 Lot 32
Memorial ID 88862075 · View Source
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Peter Francis Galen, landsman; enlisted, at age 35, at Philadelphia, for 3 years; born Ireland; previous occupation, laborer; grey eyes, black hair, fair complexion

Pension records show service on USS Princeton, USS New Ironsides and USS Sonoma

Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985about Peter F Galen
Name: Peter F Galen
Birth Date: abt 1840
Event Type: Burial
Burial Date: 22 Jun 1904
Burial Place: Yeadon, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Organization Name: Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery

U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about Peter F Galen
Name: Peter F Galen
Publication: M1469
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 48861
Certification Number: 9335

The first USS Sonoma was a side-wheel gunboat that served in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. She was named for a creek, a county, and a town in California, that in turn were named for one of the chiefs of the Chocuyen Indians of that region.

Sonoma was launched by the Portsmouth Navy Yard on 15 April 1862; sponsored by Miss Mary N. Bleecker; and commissioned on 8 July 1862, Commander Thomas H. Stevens, Jr. in command.

USS Princeton, a 1370-ton screw steamer, was built at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, using the engines from the previous USS Princeton in a new hull. She was completed for service in November 1852, with the intention of sending her to the Far East, but problems with her boilers prevented the deployment. After repairs, Princeton served along the East Coast and in the Caribbean area until June 1855, when she was placed in ordinary. She was used as receiving ship at Philadelphia from 1857 until she was sold in 1866

USS New Ironsides was a wooden-hulled broadside ironclad built for the United States Navy during the American Civil War. The ship spent most of her career blockading the Confederate ports of Charleston, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina in 1863–65. New Ironsides bombarded the fortifications defending Charleston in 1863 during the First and Second Battles of Charleston Harbor. At the end of 1864 and the beginning of 1865 she bombarded the defenses of Wilmington in the First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher.

Although she was struck many times by Confederate shells, gunfire never significantly damaged the ship or injured the crew. Her only casualty in combat occurred when she was struck by a spar torpedo carried by the CSS David. Eight crewmen were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher in 1865. The ship was destroyed by fire in 1866 after she was placed in reserve.

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  • Added: 20 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88862075
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Francis Galen (1840–Jun 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88862075, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Rubbings (contributor 47671529) .