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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Explosion of the Steamship Dayton

 
 
Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
1. Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker
Inscription.  Shortly after the people of Texas voted to approve annexation to the U.S. in June 1845, the U.S. entered a boundary dispute between Texas and Mexico. President James K. Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to position his troops on or near the Rio Grande. Corpus Christi was chosen as headquarters for the troops.
The steamer "Dayton" was carrying troops from Corpus Christi to St. Joseph's Island on September 12,1845 when a boiler burst near McGloin's Bluff (Ingleside). A second boiler blew as the boat plunged into the water. The remains of the vessel caught on fire and soon sank. A small boat picked up the wounded in the water following the explosions. Seven soldiers were killed, and one died several days later. A burial site was chosen here by Gen. Hitchcock and a military funeral took place the same day as the accident. The "Dayton" explosion victims buried here are: Lt. Benjamin A. Berry, age 28; Lt. Thaddeus Higgins, age 28; Richard Edwards, born in New York, age 33; John Hughes, born in Chambly, Canada, age 18; Alexander Iwanowski, born in Kamienic, Poland, age 39; James Johnson, born in Nottingham, England, age 36; James Marshall, born
Old Bayview Cemetery sign image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
2. Old Bayview Cemetery sign
in Newcastle, Pennsylvania, age 39; and Daniel McKerns, born in Chester, Pennsylvania, age 26.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1519.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryWar, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list.
 
Location. 27° 48.022′ N, 97° 23.956′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Ramirez Street and Padre Street, on the right when traveling west on Ramirez Street. Located in Bayview Cemetery next to entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1138 Ramirez Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Bayview Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Thomas S. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); Nueces County Courthouse of 1914 (approx. ¼ mile away); Artesian Park and Sulphur Well (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Lone Star Fair (approx. 0.3 miles away); Broadway Bluff Improvement (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Cheston L. Heath School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Henry Lawrence Kinney (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,093 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   2. submitted on June 17, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A photo of the marker and the surrounding area in context
• Photos of the Dayton graves in Bayview Cemetery, if they exist • Can you help?
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Oct. 31, 2020