The Navy (William Hogg)

The Story of the Boxer Rebellion at Arlington National Cemetery

The Navy (William Hogg)

Arlington, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Virginia 22211, United States

Created By: Georgetown University


William S. Hogg

William S. Hogg (1856-1921) was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1872. Prior to the Boxer Rebellion, Hogg sailed with former President Grant on his world tour and fought in the naval campaign off Cuba during the Spanish-American War. In 1900, he was serving as the executive officer of the USS Monocacy, an old side-wheel paddle steamer which had served in Asia for decades. During the assault on the Taku forts the senior American naval officer, Rear Admiral Louis Kempff, decided not to involve US ships. Instead, the Monocacy was docked near the forts as a place of refuge for civilians. While it did take some Chinese fire during the battle there were no casualties. After the war Hogg served as commander of the USS Glacier, a supply ship of the Great White Fleet on its circumnavigation of the globe. He retired in 1909.

The Navy

The US Navy was critical in the early stages of the Boxer Rebellion. Arriving in May on USS Newark, Captain Bowman McCalla helped establish the legation guard in Peking and joined the Seymour Expedition in June. US bluejackets fought in several skirmishes during the abortive expedition and provided a rearguard during the retreat. When the Marines and Army arrived in force in June and July, several Navy ships remained on station to provide communication and logistical support. Below is a list of several key Navy ships which took part in the campaign.

  • USS Newark (C-1): A protected cruiser that arrived in China in May carrying Marines and bluejackets.
  • USS Monocacy (PG-20): A gunboat that arrived in China in May 1900 and was present at the Battle of the Taku Forts
  • USS Nashville (PG-7): A gunboat that arrived in China in June carrying Marines.
  • USS Brooklyn (ACR-3): An armored cruiser that arrived in China in July carrying Marines.
  • USS Oregon (BB-3): A pre-dreadnought battleship that arrived in China in July

Continue along the Humphreys Drive Loop. For about 300 feet. On your left about 50 feet into the cemetery is a tall obelisk monument with a bronze eagle, globe, and anchor. This is the next stop.

This point of interest is part of the tour: The Story of the Boxer Rebellion at Arlington National Cemetery


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