In June 1862 the USS Mound City, a Union iron clad ship, was damaged in battle in Arkansas near Saint Charles. Out of 170 men on board, only a handful survived, the rest were scalded to death inside the metal ship or were shot trying to escape. I had no idea that my 3x Great Grandfather, Joseph Edwin Healey, died in this battle, nor did I even suspect that he was a sailor in the Civil War, since he was 39 years old at the time of his death. I had never found his death record in Beverly, Massachusetts, nor anywhere in the Massachusetts records, and I suspected that he died at sea somewhere since he was a mariner. I was surprised to find out that he was a Civil War sailor killed in action.
This is a photo of Mike Collins, the city engineer for Beverly, Massachusetts. He first contacted me last summer when he began a project to restore the signs marking the squares in Beverly named for veterans. Some of the signs were missing, and some were old wooden signs, like the one he is holding above. He had marked 16 squares around town for restoration, and was researching the men behind the names when he found my blog and website while looking for Joseph Edwin Healey. We connected via email, and I was able to fill him in on family information and he was able to tell me about Joseph Edwin Healey's military service.
|Yours Truly, Mike Collins, Jerry Guilebbe (Beverly's Veteran Services)|
and Beverly Mayor, William F. Scanlon, Jr.
|The Beverly Civil War Monument|
Click here for a link to the Salem News Story about the Healey Square sign
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo