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Admiral Charles Steedman

Admiral Charles Steedman

Male 1811 - 1890  (79 years)

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  • Name Charles Steedman  [1
    Prefix Admiral 
    Born 20 Sep 1811  St. James Santee Parish, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • He was born on his father's plantation in the parish of St. James, Santee, on 20 September 1811.
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 21 Sep 1811  St. James Santee Parish, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation From 1828 to 1873  [3
    Officer, United States Navy 
    • Charles knew from the time that he was a boy that he was intended for the Navy. His father helped secure him an appointment to the Naval Academy and he was appointed by President John Quincy Adams on 1 April 1828.
      He entered the Naval Academy in Brooklyn, New York, as a midshipman in the summer of 1828. He served during the Mexican War and the Civil War and retired as a Rear Admiral in 1873. His autobiography details his career in the Navy.
    Military Service From 1828 to 1873 
    • Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900
      Name: Charles Steedman
      Rank Information: Midshipman, Passed Midshipman, Lieutenant, Commander, Captain, Commodore, Rear Admiral, Retired List 
      Service Dates: 1 Apr 1828, 14 Jun 1834, 25 Feb 1841, 14 Sep 1855, 13 Dec 1862, 25 Jul 1866, 25 May 1871 
      Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900) 
      Death Date: 13 Nov 1890
    1880 Census 9 Jun 1880  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ED 657, p. 21 [11A]
      Steddman, Charles   W M 69   Head   Md  Admiral in Navy  Rheumatism  SC  SC  SC
      ---, Sarah                 W F  59   Wife    Md  Keeping House                        PA  PA  PA
      ---, Rosa                   W F 35    Dau     S    At Home                                  PA  SC  PA
      Olsson, Hilma            W F 30  Servant S                                                   Sweden  Sweden  Sweden
      Lorson, Mary            W F 29  Servant S                                                   Sweden  Sweden  Sweden
    Died 13 Nov 1890  Washington, District of Columbia, DC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alt. Burial Aft 13 Nov 1890  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington City, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Charles Steedman
      Last known address: C/O Director Arlington, VA 22111-0000
      Death Date: 13 Nov 1890
      Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery
      Buried At: Section 1 Site 218

      U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
      Name: Charles Steedman
      Death Date: 13 Nov 1890
      Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery 
      Cemetery Address: C/O Director Arlington, VA 22111-0000 
      Buried At: Section 1 Site 218

      U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
      Name: Charles Steedman
      Service Info.: R/ADM USN 
      Death Date: 13 Nov 1890
      Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery 
      Cemetery Address: C/O Director Arlington, VA 22211 
      Buried At: Section 1 Site 218
    Obituary 14 Nov 1890  New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New York Times 
    • Rear Admiral Charles Steedman.
      Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, United States Navy, (retired,) died at his home in Washington last evening in the eightieth year of his age. His death was due to a general breaking down from old age and a complication of diseases.

      Rear Admiral Steedman was born in the parish of St. James, Santee, S. C.  He was appointed a Midshipman in the navy April 1, 1828, and served his first duty at the navy yard, New York. After several years' service in the West Indies he was promoted to Passed Midshipman, and served in the Mediterranean on the COnstitution and the United States. From 1838 to 1840, being then an Acting Lieutenant, he was on board the Macedonian in the West Indies. Upon his promotion Lieut. Steedman was ordered to the home station, where he served on the Dolphin and in the corps of the Coast Survey. In 1845-7, while attached to the St. Mary's, Lieut. Steedman commanded the eight-inch gun battery at the bombardment of Vera Cruz, and did other distinguished service against the enemy at Tampico.

      After the war he served successively at the Naval Observatory and on the frigate Cumberland in the Mediterranean. He was commisioned Commander in 1855, and commanded the brig Dolphin on the Paraguay expedition of 1859-60. He was left in command of the Brazil station while on this cruise, and remained there nine months.

      At the outbreak of the civil war Commander Steedman volunteered for any service, and was sent to take command of the Baltimore Railroad Company's steamboat Maryland. From that point he kept communications open between Baltimore and Philadelphia. In the following year, he was ordered o join Commodore Foote on the Mississippi, but he was soon detached and ordered to join the Port Royal expedition. Here he did conspicuous service in leading the second column to the attack and capture. His subsequent operations during the early years oof the war were confined to the coast south of Savannah, the attack on Fort McAllister, in the Ogeechee River, and the capture of the forts on St. John's Bluff.

      Having been commissioned Captain in September, 1862, Steedman was transferred to the Powhattan, in which vessel he first blockaded Charleston, and then towed the captured ram Atlanta to Philadelphia. After an unsuccessful search for the Confederate vessel Florida, Capt. Steedman joined Admiral Porter's command and participated in the operations at the mouth of the Wilmington River, December, 1864. Throughout the last years of the war her was attached to the commands of Admiral Dahlgren and Admiral Goldsborough. From 1869 to 1872 he commanded the Boston Navy Yard, and while serving in this capacity he was commissioned as a Rear Admiral. His last active duty was the command of the South Pacific squadron from October 1872, to September, 1873, when he was placed on the retired list. His total sea service amounted to twenty-four years and one month.

      THe funeral services will be held at St. John's Church, Washington, Monday at noon. The remains will be taken to Boston for internment in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
    Obituary 15 Nov 1890  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Boston Daily Advertiser 
    • Rear Admiral Steedman.
      Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, U.S.N., retired, who died at Washington Thursday evening, was born in Charleston, S. C., 79 years ago last September. He entered the navy as midshipman in 1828, became a paged midshipman in 1834, was promoted to lieutenant in 1841, and saw his first war service during the Mexican War in the sloop St. mary's in 1846 and 1847. He commanded the slege guns on shore at the bombardment of Vera Cruz, and was active in other operations along the coast. He was commissioned commander in 1855, and in the Paraguay expedition commanded the brig Dolphin. When his native State seceded his friends used their utmost efforts to induce him to enlist in their cause, but he remained loyal, asked for immediate duty, took command of the railroad ferry steamer Maryland and conveyed Gen. Butler and the Eighth Massachusetts regiment from Havre de Grace to Annapolis in April, 1861. He assisted Admiral Foote in organizing the naval forces on the Mississippi River; commanded the steamer Bienville, which led the second column at the capture of Port Royal, S. C., in November, 1861; took command of the steamer Paul Jones, which did duty on the coast and rivers of Florida in 1862; was promoted to captain in that year; took par, as commander of the Powhatan, in the blockade of Charleston and several engagements there; towed the captured ship[?] Atlanta to Philadelphia; took command of the Ticonderoga, in which he went to the Brazilian coast in pursuit of the Confederate cruiser Florida; participated in the two attacks on Fort Fisher; remained on the Ticonderoga during her Mediterranean cruise, and returned in command of the steam frigate Colorado. He was promoted to commodore in 1866, made rear admiral in 1871, and retired in 1873. For three years he was in command of the Boston Navy Yard, and is remembered her for his courtesy, as well as everywhere for his bravery and efficiency.
    Buried 18 Nov 1890  Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 19 Nov 1890  New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New York Times 
    • REAR ADMIRAL STEEDMAN BURIED.

      BOSTON, Nov. 18. -- The burial of Rear Admiral Charles Steedman of the United States Navy took place to-day at Mount Auburn, Cambridge. The remains arrived in Boston last night accompanied by the immediate relatives. An opportunity was afforded the friends and associates of the deceased to view the remains at the residence of Mr. Rollins Morse, whence the body was taken at noon to the cemetery. There was no service at the house, and only a committal service at the grave by the Rev. Phillips Brooks.
    Notes 
    • Charles Steedman was the youngest of six children.

      On leave with the Navy in New York in 1841, he first met Sarah Bishop and her friend Miss Ellen Duane. [Ellen married a Mister Gillespie later] Sarah was an adopted daughter of Richard Ronaldson.

      After his marriage, he and wife Sarah visited Charleston to introduce her to the extended Charleston family. They stayed with his brother Thomas and wife Susan Yeadon.. They also visited his sister Susan and her husband J. M. Atkinson at their plantation "Oakton", near Georgetown. Stayed with Col. Charles Huggins, his brother-in-law, and took his daughter Mary Louisa up North.
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      Duke University
      Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
      Durham, NC 27708-0185

      Sources on U.S. Naval History in the United States

      Steedman, Charles
      Papers, 1835-1905
      Correspondence, journals of European travel, and other personal and professional papers relating to Steedman's naval career and his decision to stay with the Union forces, with detailed accounts of the bombardment of Fort Fisher (North Carolina), operations in the Chesapeake Bay, and other Union naval operations. There is also information concerning Steedman's command of the U.S. naval forces in Panama during the 1870s and relations between Chile, Bolivia, and the U.S. during the 1880s. The early letters are by Steedman's father, John Steedman, and concern family affairs and economic conditions in Charleston, South Carolina. The travel journals include one kept by Steedman's wife during a trip to Europe, 1878-1879. The later correspondence relates to Charles Steedman's retirement.
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    Person ID I43011  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2014 

    Father Col. Charles John Steedman,   b. 9 Nov 1783, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1838, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Mary Blake,   b. 27 Mar 1786, ____, ____, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1838, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1803  St. James Santee Parish, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • They had four sons and three daughters. Their youngest son, Samuel Warren Steedman died in childhood. Louisa Blake, the eldest daughter, died in early life, as did the second son, James. [4]
    Marriage Announcement 30 Dec 1803  Charleston, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charleston Times 
    • Married, at James's Santee, on Thursday the 22d inst., by the Rev. Mr. Frazer, Mr. Charles John Steedman, to Miss Mary Blake, daughter of the late capt. John Blake, of said Parish.
    Family ID F16360  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Bishop,   b. Abt 1820, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1843  Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • They were married by Rev. Dr. Truman, a Unitarian Minister and pastor of Mr. Ronaldson's church in Philadelphia. Bridesmaids was Miss Ellen and Miss Elizabeth Duane. His "side-boys" were Lt. Bernard J. Moeller and Lt. John B. Marchand (1808-1875 - of Pennsylvania). [6]
    Children 
     1. Rosa McKean Steedman,   b. 29 Aug 1844, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1903, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. Ellen Duane "Nelly" Steedman,   b. Abt Mar 1848, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1851, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     3. Marion Ronaldson Steedman,   b. Abt 1849, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1920, Washington, District of Columbia, DC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     4. Louisa Blake Steedman,   b. 9 Apr 1852, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1908, York Harbor, York Co., ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Major Richard Ronaldson Steedman,   b. Abt Oct 1855, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1922  (Age ~ 67 years)
     6. Charles John Steedman,   b. Abt 1857, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1907, Paris, Seine-Et-Oise, ____, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F18594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Sep 1811 - St. James Santee Parish, Charleston Co., SC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 21 Sep 1811 - St. James Santee Parish, Charleston Co., SC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Feb 1843 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 Census - 9 Jun 1880 - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Nov 1890 - Washington, District of Columbia, DC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Burial - Aft 13 Nov 1890 - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington City, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - New York Times - 14 Nov 1890 - New York, New York Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Boston Daily Advertiser - 15 Nov 1890 - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Nov 1890 - Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - New York Times - 19 Nov 1890 - New York, New York Co., NY Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S223] Adm. Charles Steedman Autobiography, Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, USN, and edited by Dr. Amos Lawrence Mason, (Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1912), pp. 7-48 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S223] Adm. Charles Steedman Autobiography, Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, USN, and edited by Dr. Amos Lawrence Mason, (Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1912), p. 3 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S223] Adm. Charles Steedman Autobiography, Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, USN, and edited by Dr. Amos Lawrence Mason, (Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1912).

    4. [S223] Adm. Charles Steedman Autobiography, Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, USN, and edited by Dr. Amos Lawrence Mason, (Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1912), p. 518 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S223] Adm. Charles Steedman Autobiography, Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, USN, and edited by Dr. Amos Lawrence Mason, (Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1912), p. 7 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S223] Adm. Charles Steedman Autobiography, Rear Admiral Charles Steedman, USN, and edited by Dr. Amos Lawrence Mason, (Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1912), p. 125 (Reliability: 3).