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Edward M. Galligan diary, 1861-1863

Destruction of the rebel ram Arkansas: By the United States gunboat Essex, on the Mississippi River, near Baton Rouge, August 4th 1862

Destruction of the rebel ram "Arkansas" by the United States gunboat "Essex," on the Mississippi River, near Baton Rouge, August 4th 1862

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U.S. ironclad gunboat Essex

U.S. ironclad gunboat Essex

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Location
Montana Historical Society (Helena)
Background
Edward Galligan was a native of Center Valley, Waterloo Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. He enlisted in the Navy in 1861 and served on the USS Essex on the Mississippi River. His ship took part in the battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donaldson. He was wounded in a premature gun explosion, spent several months in naval and charity hospitals, and was invalided. He was released from the hospital in Feb. 1863. In his later life he lived in South Dakota.
Contents
Typed transcript of Edward Galligan's diary detailing daily life on a gunboat, and reflecting conditions of naval service during the Civil War. Most entries are very brief, but a few have long descriptions of naval engagements and his stay in several hospitals. Galligan's diary entry of July 23, 1862, records:
"Below Vicksburgh, rebel ram Arkansas ran up to the point and the Benton fired a few shot at her and she ran back to Vicksburgh, she does not want to meet [Capt. W. D.] Porter and the Essex it seems, report from a deserter that we killed 17 men and wounded over 30 on her in the engagement yesterday, we have got to do as much more for our boys at Fort Henry 6th of last February ..."
A few days later, in early August, the presence of the USS Essex proved instrumental in forcing the scuttling of the CSS Arkansas by its crew.

(See the NUCMC catalog record)

 

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