Rear Admiral Bowman H. McCalla

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Bowman Hendry McCalla

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Camden, Camden, NJ, USA
Death: May 6, 1910 (65)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Auley McCalla and Mary Duffield McCalla
Husband of Elizabeth Hazard McCalla
Father of Elizabeth Sargent Miller; Mary Hendry MacArthur; Lily Hazard McCalla and Stella Apthorp McCalla

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About Rear Admiral Bowman H. McCalla

Rear Admiral Bowman H. McCalla (19 June 1844 – 6 May 1910) was an officer in the United States Navy, who was noted for his roles in the Spanish-American War and putting down the Boxer Rebellion.


Born in Camden, New Jersey, McCalla was appointed midshipman November 30, 1861. McCalla's courage and leadership during his career often earned him great, and due, respect among his fellow officers.

In the spring of 1885, he led an expeditionary force of 750 seamen and marines which landed at Panama to protect American treaty rights when a revolution there threatened to block transit across the isthmus.

As commanding officer of USS Marblehead, September 11, 1897 to September 16, 1898, he took part in the blockade of Cuba and was responsible for the cutting of submarine cables linking Cienfuegos with the outside world, thus isolating the Spanish garrison there, in May 1898. In June 1898, he led the invasion of Guantánamo Bay.

While in command of Newark during the Boxer Rebellion two years later, he was cited for conspicuous gallantry in battle as he led a force of sailors from Tientsin to Peking. McCalla's force of 112 men spearheaded an international column, under British Admiral Sir Edward Seymour, which was attempting to fight its way to the aid of foreign legations under siege at Peking. In the course of the battle at Hsiku Arsenal, McCalla, along with 25 of his force, was wounded; five were killed.

See Seymour Expedition, China 1900. (,_China_1900)

Commissioned rear admiral October 11, 1903, and entered on the retired list June 19, 1906, McCalla died on May 6, 1910 at Santa Barbara, California, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Two ships were named USS McCalla for him. Also, McCalla Field at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was named after him as well.

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Rear Admiral Bowman H. McCalla's Timeline

June 19, 1844
Camden, Camden, NJ, USA
December 23, 1875
Age 31
March 1, 1877
Age 32
April 2, 1878
Age 33
February 25, 1880
Age 35
May 6, 1910
Age 65
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
Arlington, Arlington, VA, United States