Charles Dwight Sigsbee

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Rear Admiral Charles Dwight Sigsbee (January 16, 1845 – July 13, 1923) served in the United States Navy, and was in command of the Maine at the time of her loss in Santiago Harbor.

Life & Career

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Charles D. Sigsbee, born on 16 January 1845 at Albany, N.Y., was appointed acting Midshipman on 16 July 1862. He was commissioned as a Rear Admiral on 10 August 1903.

Sigsbee served aboard Monongahela, Wyoming, and Shenandoah from 1863 to 1869 when he was assigned to duty at the Naval Academy and, in 1871, to the Hydrographic Office. He was in command of various ships from 1873 to 1891 and served as a hydrographer in the Bureau of Navigation from 1893 to 1897. Sigsbee commanded St. Paul in 1898 and Texas until 1900. He assumed command of the South Atlantic Squadron in 1904 and the North Atlantic Squadron in 1905. Admiral Sigsbee retired from the Navy in 1907.

See Also


  • Sigsbee, Captain Charles D. (1899) The "Maine": An Account of her Destruction in Havana Harbor. New York: The Century Co.


Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arent S. Crowninshield
Captain of U.S.S. Maine
10 Apr, 1897[1] – 15 Feb, 1898
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. St. Paul
10 Apr, 1898[2]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John W. Philip
Captain of U.S.S. Texas
before 1 Jan, 1900[3]
Succeeded by
William T. Swinburne
Preceded by
Richardson Clover
Chief Intelligence Officer
26 Jan, 1900[4]
Succeeded by
Seaton Schroeder
Preceded by
James H. Sands
Commandant, Navy Yard, League Island
1 May, 1903[5]
Succeeded by
Joseph E. Craig


  1. Register of Officers, 1898. p. 6.
  2. List and Station, July 1898. p. 5.
  3. Register of Officers, 1900. p. 8.
  4. Register of Officers, 1903. p. 8.
  5. Register of Officers, 1904. p. 6.