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BOGGS, Charles Stuart, naval officer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 28 January 1811. He is a nephew of Captain James Lawrence, and entered the navy as midshipman on 1 November 1826. lie was promoted a lieutenant 6 September 1837, was in the "Princeton," of Com. Conner's squadron, during" the Mexican war, was present at the siege of Vera Cruz, and commanded the boat expedition that destroyed the "Truxtun " after her surrender to the Mexicans. He was promoted commander, 14 September 1855, and assigned to the United States mail steamer "Illinois," which he commanded three years. He then became light-house inspector for California, Oregon, and Washington territory. In 1861 he was ordered to the gun-boat " Varuna," of Farragut's gulf squadron. In the attack on Forts St. Philip and Jackson, in April i862, he destroyed six of the confederate gun-boats, but finally lost his own vessel, which steamed ahead of the fleet and engaged the confederate squadron above the forts. She was attacked by two rams and run into the banks of the River and there sank, causing, however, the destruction of her antagonists, which were both burned. He returned to Washington as bearer of dispatches, and was ordered to the command of the new sloop-of-war "Juniata." He was promoted to the rank of captain on 16 July 1862, and was made a commodore, 25 July 1866. He commanded the steamer "De Soto," of the North Atlantic squadron, in 1867-'8. In 1869-'70 he was assigned to the European fleet, and prepared a report on the condition of steam-engines afloat. On 1 July 1870, he received promotion to rear-admiral, and was appointed light-house inspector of the 3d district. He was placed on the retired list in 1873.
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