Joseph Coghlan

Rear Admiral Joseph Bulloch Coghlan (9 December 1844 – 5 December 1908) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War and the Spanish–American War.

Joseph Bulloch Coghlan
Coghlan commanding the USS Raleigh, circa 1898
Born(1844-12-09)December 9, 1844
Frankfort, Kentucky
DiedDecember 5, 1908(1908-12-05) (aged 63)
New Rochelle, New York
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1863–1908
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldAdams
Department of Alaska
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Spanish–American War


Born at Frankfort, Kentucky, Coghlan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1863. He served in the sloop-of-war Sacramento during the Civil War. As commander of the screw sloop Adams, Coghlan was military commander of the Department of Alaska from 15 September 1883 to 13 September 1884. During the Spanish–American War he led the expedition which captured the batteries at Cavite (2 May 1898) and at Isla Grande, Subic Bay (7 July) and commanded the protected cruiser Raleigh during the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898.

He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1902. He commanded American forces at Colón, Panama during the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903.[1]

He was a Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Military Order of Foreign Wars.

He died at New Rochelle, New York.


Two ships have been named USS Coghlan in his honor.


  1. "The Panama Question". The Argus (Australia). November 9, 1903. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
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