Biography of Charles Dwight Sigsbee


Sigsbee, Charles Dwight. Naval officer. Born in Albany, NY, January 16, 1845. Naval Academy, 1859-63; promoted ensign, October 1, 1863. Served in West Gulf squadron, 1863-64, and was present at Battle of Mobile Bay, in North Atlantic squadron, 1865; and at both attacks on Fort Fisher and final assault on same. After Civil War, 1874-78, Sigsbee sounded and explored the Gulf of Mexico. Introduced numerous inventions and new methods in deep sea exploration, for which he later received decoration of Red Eagle of Prussia from Emperor William I, and received gold medal from abroad. Took command, April 10, 1897, of battleship "Maine," which was blown up and destroyed in Havana Harbor, February 15, 1898. Commanded battleship "St. Paul," September, 1898, to January, 1900; rear-admiral, 1903. Sigsbee was a member Naval Construction Board and Naval General Board. Author: "Deep Sea Sounding and Dredging," "Personal Narrative of the Battleship Maine." Sigsbee died in 1923.