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First Name: Isaac

Last Name: McKeever

Birthplace: PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Date of Birth: 04 April 1791

Date of Death: 01 April 1856

Rank or Rate: Commodore

Years Served:
Isaac McKeever


Isaac McKeever
Commodore, U.S. Navy

Isaac McKeever was born on 4 April 1791 in Pennsylvania.

He entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1809, was made a Lieutenant in 1814, and commanded one of a flotilla of five gunboats under the command of Lieutenant Thomas Catesby Jones, which was captured by a British expedition upon Lake Borgne, LA, in December 1814.

The gunboats mounted collectively 23 guns, and were manned by 182 men. The British expedition consisted of 42 large barges and other boats, manned by over 1,000 seamen and marines. The engagement, which was very severe, lasted more than three hours, and over 200 of the British were killed and wounded. Lieutenant McKeever's vessel was the last one attacked, and he was severely wounded, together with most of his officers, before he surrendered.

He became a Commander in 1830 and a Captain in 1838, performing much active service in both grades. He commanded the squadron on the coast of Brazil from 1851-54. In 1855 he commanded the Navy yard at Norfolk, Va.

McKeever reached the rank of Commodore.

Death and Burial

Commodore Isaac McKeever died on 1 April 1856. He is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

Honoree ID: 2841   Created by: MHOH




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