Joseph Coghlan

Joseph Bulloch Coghlan

Coghlan commanding the USS Raleigh, circa 1898
Born (1844-12-09)December 9, 1844
Frankfort, Kentucky
Died December 5, 1908(1908-12-05) (aged 63)
New Rochelle, New York
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 18631908
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Adams
Department of Alaska
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spanish–American War

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.


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 died at New Rochelle, New York.


Two ships have been named USS Coghlan in his honor.



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