Today in New Jersey History – January 28

On this day in 1811, Charles Stewart Boggs was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He entered the United States Navy as a midshipman in 1826 and served until he retired as a rear admiral in 1872; he died in New Brunswick in 1888. He served in both the Mexican War and the Civil War, earning distinction in the latter conflict on the Mississippi at the Battle of Forts Jackson and St Philip that led to the surrender of New Orleans. The USS Boggs is named in his honor. Biographical information is available: USS   Naval Historical Center; The records of living officers of the U.S. navy & Marine corps : compiled from official sources, 3d ed, rev, 1878; Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, series 1: volume 18 (deals with the aforementioned battle); Dewey and Other Naval Commanders (1899); and The New-York Tribune (his obituary).

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