Born in Albany, New York, on January 16, 1845, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1863.
He served in the Civil War under Admiral David Dixon Porter. He worked mainly as a hydrographic officer in the Navy.
However, he is best remembered for being the Captain of the USS Maine when it exploded in Havana Harbor on the evening of February 12, 1898, an act which triggered the Spanish-American War. The ship was totally destroyed and a total of 260 officers and men were killed.
He was also well-known throughout the Navy as the officer who commanded the ship (USS Brooklyn) which returned the remains of John Paul Jones from their burial place in France to their present location at the US Navy Academy. He retired from the Navy in 1907. He was the author of a number of naval text books.
He died in New York City on July 19, 1923 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
ADMIRAL SIGSBEE TO LIE IN ARLINGTON
Funeral Services Held in New York Cathedral
NEW YORK, July 21, 1923 – Funeral services for Rear Admiral Charles D. Sigsbee, commander of the ill-fated battleship Maine, were held today in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, conducted by the Precentor of the Cathedral, Rev. H. P. Veazle.
Honorary Pallbearers were Rear Admiral Charles P. Plunkerr, Major General Lee Bullard, Melville E. Stone, Colonel Henry L. Swords and Major Philip S. Tilden.
Memorial services were held last night in the Sigsbee home, at which an eulogy was spoken by Right Rev. Father Chidwick, who was chaplain of the Maine at the time she was destroyed. Four other survivors were present.
The body will be taken to Washington for interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
SIGSBEE, CHARLES D
R/ADM USN RET
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SECTION E W SITE 941
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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