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ron, 1857-9 ; brig Perry, East Gulf Squadron, 1860; retired, 1861 ; ordnance
duty, Boston, 1861-6 ; commissioned as Commander, October 11th, 1861 ; com-
missioned as Captain, 1867 ; in charge of iron-clads. New Orleans, 1867-9.



CAPTAIN THOMAS BROWNELL.

Born in Rhode Island. Entered the service as Sailing Master, October
30th, 1840 ; commissioaed as Lieutenant, July 26th, 1843 ; Sackett's Harbor,
1845-6; special service, 1847-9 ; unemployed from 1849-55 ; retired, 1855 ;
unemployed from 1855-69 ; commissioned as Captain, 1867.



CAPTAIN MATTHIAS 0. MARIN.

Born in Florida. Appointed from Florida, January 3d, 1832 ; attached to
schooner Porpoise, "West India Squadron, 1832-3 ; sloop John Adams, Mediter-
ranean Squadron, 1834-7; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 23d, 1838;
rendezvous. New York, 1839-40 ; sloop Vandalia. Home Squadron, 1841-3 •
commissioned as Lieutenant, Blarch 29th, 1844'; sloop Yorktown, coast of
Africa, 1844-6; Coast Survey, 1847-9 ; sloop Levant, Mediterranean Squadron,



CAPTAINS. 89

1852-3 ; Navy Yard, Pensacola, Florida, 1855 ; retired, 1855; restored to active
list, 1857 ; sloop Macedonian, 1861 ; commissioned as Commander, October
IStli, 1861 ; commanding sloop St. Louis, special service, ^1862-3 ; ordnance
duty, Navy Yard, Boston, 1864-5 ; retired, 1864 ; ordnance duty, Norfolk Navy
Yard, 1867-8 ; commissioned as Captain, 1867 ; special duty, Maiden, Massa-
cliiisetts, 1869.



CAPTAIN SAMUEL PEARCE.

Born in Rhode Island. Appointed from Rhode Island, March 30th, 1833 ;
attached to frigate Brandywine, Pacific Squadron, 1834-7; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, July 8th, 1839; schooner Enterprise, Atlantic Coast, 1839-41;
unemployed from 1841-69 ; retired, 1855 ; commissioned as Captain, 1867.



CAPTAIN A. DAVIS HARRBLL.

Born in Virginia. Appointed from Tennessee, January 4th, 1834 ; attached
to schooner Boxer, Pacific Squadron, 1834-6 ; frigate North Carolina, Pacific
Squadron, 1836-9; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1840; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, July 16, 1840 ; steamer Union, special service, 1843-5 ; sloop
Cumberland, Home Squadron, 1846-7 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, May 17th,
1847 ; brig Porpoise, Coast of Africa, 1847-9 ; frigate Raritan, Pacific Squad-
ron, 1850-2 ; steam-sloop Saranac, Home Squadron, 1852-3 ; receiving-ship,
Norfolk, 1853—4; Coast Survey, 1855; sloop Macedonian, Mediterranean
Squadron, 1858-60 ; commanding steamer Thomas Freeborn, 1861 ; commisioned
as Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steam-gunboat Chickopee, North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; commanding steam-sloop Kearsarge,
European Squadron, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Captain, 1867.



CAPTAIN MATTHEW C. PERRY.

Born in New York. Appointed from New York, July 1st, 1835 ; attached
to frigate Potomac, Mediterranean Squadron, 1835-8 ; frigate United States,
Pacific Squadron, 1839-41 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 22d, 1841;
brjg Somers, special service, 1842-3 ; frigate Macedonian, Coast of Africa,
1844-5; sloop Cumberland, Home Squadron, 1845-7; with the army in Mex-
ico, 1848 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, April 3d, 1848 ; sloop Vincennea,
Pacific Squadron, 1849-52; Coast Survey, 1852-5; retired, 1855; restored to
active list, 1858; sloop Saratoga, Home Squadron, 1859-60; steam-sloop Pow-
hatan, special service, 1861; retired, 1861 ; commissioned as Captain, 1867.



90 COMMANDERS.

CAPTAIN CHARLES S. McDONOUGH.

Born io Connecticut. Appointed from New York, April 8th, 1835 ; at-
tached to frigate United States, Mediterranean Squadron, 1836-9 ; sloop Cyane,
Blediterranean Squadron, 1839-40; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 22d,
ISrtl ; brig Dolphin, Home Squadron, 1841-3 ; brig Truxton, Coast of Africa,
1844-5 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, May 16th, 1848 ; sloop Warren, Pacific
Squadron, 1849-51; sloop Falmouth, Pacific Squadron, 1851-2 ; frigate Con-
stitution, Coast of Africa, 1853-5 ; Navy Yard, Boston, 1856; steam-frigate
Merrimac, Pacific Squadron, 1857-8; frigate Sabine, Brazil Squadron, 1858-9;
sloop Constellation, Coast of Africa, 1860; retired, 1861 ; receiving-ship, New
York, 1864; receiving-ship Vandalia, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1865 ;
commissioned as Captain, 1867.



COMMANDER ROBERT W. SHUPELDT.

Born in New York. Appointed from New York, May 11th, 1839 ; attached
to frigate United States, Pacific Squadron, 1839-41 ; brig Bainbridge, Home
Squadron, 1842-4; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1844-5; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, July 2d, 1845 ; Coast Survey, 1845-6 ; frigate United States,
Mediterranean Squadron, 1846-7; sloop Marion, Mediterranean Squadron,
1847-8 ; mail-steamer Atlantic, 1849-50 ; promoted to Master, February 21st,
1853; commissioned as Lieutenant, 1854; resigned, June 20th, 1854; rein-
stated, with rank of Commander, November 19th, 1862 ; commanding steamer
Proteus, Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863-5; commanding steam-sloop
Hartford, flag-ship. East India Squadron, 1865-6 ; commanding steam-sloop
Wachusett, Asiatic Squadrun, 1806-8 ; commanding naval rendezvous. New
York, 1868-9.



COMMANDER ALEXANDER C. EHIND.

Born in New York. Appointed from Alabama, September 21st, 1838 ; at-
tached to sloop Cyane, Mediterranean Squadron, 1839-42 ; Naval School Phi-
ladelphia, 1844-5 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 2d, 1845 ; Coast
Survey, 1845-6 ; Home Squadron, during Mexican war ; present at Alvarado
and Tobasco; brig Perry, Coast of Brazil, 1847; steamer Water Witch,
Home Squadron, 1848; sloop St. Marys, East India Squadron, 1849-50;
Coast Survey, 1850-4; promoted to Master, April 30th, 1853; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant, February 17th, 1854; sloop John Adams, Pacific
Squadron, 1855; sloop Constellation, Coast of Africa, 1859-61; com-
mandingsteam gun-boat Crusader, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862.

Participated in various small affairs at North Edisto; shore fight at Seabrook's
Plantation, South Carolina, the crew of Crusader defeating rebel mounted force;
capture and destruction of rebel works commanding South Edisto, Da who and
Pow-Pow rivers, for which received thanks of the Department.

Commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding
steamer Seneca, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862; eommandin"' iron-



COMMANDERS. • 91

clad steamer Keokuk, South Atlantic Squadron, 1862-3; commanding Keo-
kuk in attack on defences of Charleston, April 17th, 1863.

In this engagement the Keokuk was struck ninety times in thirty minutes,
nineteen shots pierced her through, at, and just below the water-line. Finding
it impossible to keep his vessel afloat under such an extraordinary fire, Com-
mander Rhind withdrew from action ; being in smooth water he managed to
keep her afloat during the night, although the water was pouring into her in
many places, but at 7.80 A. M., on the following morning, she went down ; the
oflicers and crew wero saved, but lost all their effects.

Commissioned as Commander, January 2d, 1863 ; commanded steamer Paul
Jones, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863, and took part in various
engagements with Fort Wagner and other defences of Charleston ; commanded
steam-frigate Wabash, flag-ship South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ;
commanding steam gun-boat Agawan, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1864-5, and on duty in James river from May to October, 1864.

Engagement with rebel batteries at Deep Bottom, August 13, 1864. Rear
Admiral Lee, in his report of this affair, thus speaks of Commander Rhind :
" I take great pleasure in calling the attention of the Department to the gal-
lantry and endurance displayed by Commander Rhind of the Agawan, and
the officers and men under his command, in the engagement with three rebel
batteries, August 13th, 1864, reported to the Department by Captain Smith,
divisional commander on the James river." Commander Rhind received thanks
of Department in letter dated September 7th, 1864. In December, 1864, Com-
mander Rhind was detailed by Admiral Porter to command the powder-boat
Louisiana, and on the night of the 23d, that vessel was exploded within two
hundred and fifty yards of Port Fisher, the officers and men being taken off by
the steamer Wilderness. Rear Admiral Porter in his official report to the
Navy Department, says : " In conclusion, allow me to draw your attention to
Commander Rhind and Lieutenant Preston. They engaged in the most
perilous adventure that was, perhaps, ever undertaken. As an incentive to
others I beg leave to recommend them for promotion. No one in the Squadron
considered that their lives would be saved, and Commander Rhind and Lieu-
tenant Preston had made an arrangement to sacrifice themselves in case the
vessel was boarded, a thing likely to happen."

Commanding receiving-ship Vermont, New York, 1866-7 ; commanding
naval rendezvous, New York, 1868.



COMMANDER GEORGE M. RANSOM.

Born in New York. Appointed from Ohio, July 25th, 1839 ; attached to
sloop Marion, Brazil Squadron, 1839-42 ; store-ship Erie, Pacific Squadron,
1848-4; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1845; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
July 2d, 1845 ; served seven months in squadron commanded by Commodore
David Connor, and subsequently by Commodore M. C. Perry, on the Coast of
Mexico, in 1847; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1847-8 ; sloop Portsmouth,
Coast of Africa, 1848-51; store-ship Relief, Brazil Squadron, 1852; steamer
Michican, on the lakes, 1858 ; promoted to Master, June 28th, 1853 ; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant, February 21st, 1854; brig Dolphin, Brazil Squadron,
1855-6; sloop Jamestown, Coast of Africa, 1856-7; ordnance duty, Boston,
1858-9 ; steam-sloop Narragansett, Pacific Squadron, 1860-1 ; commissioned as



92 COMMANDERS.

Lieutenant-Comtnander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gunboat Kineo,
Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; several engagements with gun-
boats, Mississippi river, in March and April, 1862 ; passage of forts Jackson
and St. Philip, April, 1862 ; engagement with rebel ram Manasses, April, 1862 ;
in Jlay, 1362, engagement with a field battery, Grand Gulf, Mississippi, which
battery had just fired into the transport steamers, killing and wounding several
of General Williams' brigade; Baton Kouge, August 5th, 1862, it was stated
officially that the sheila from the Kineo and Katahdin in the forenoon caused
General Breckenridge's army to fall back suddenly and in a demoralized condi-
tion ; engagement with rebel battery and guerillas, below Donaldsonville,
October 4th, 1862 ; commissioned as Commander, January 2d, 1863 ; comman-
ding steamer Grand Gulf, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864; com-
manding steamer Museoota, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ;
on duty at League Island, Pennsylvania, 1867-9.



COMMANDER WILLIAM F. SPICER.

Born in New York. Appointed from same State, June 21st, 1839 ; attached
to brig Dolphin, Brazil Squadron, 1839^0 ; sloop Cyane, Pacific Squadron,
1841-3 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1843-5 ; Passed Midshipman, July 2d,
1845 ; brig Dolphin, Coast of Africa, 1846-7 ; receiving-ship, New York, 1848;
frigate Cumberland, Mediterranean Squadron, 1853 ; promoted Master, June
28th, 1853; steamer Michigan, on the lakes, 1854 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
February 25th, 1854; sloop Levant, Mediterranean Squadron, 1855; sloop
Constellation, Mediterranean Squadron, 1857-8; Navy Yard, Boston, 1859;
steam-frigate Niagara, special service, 1861 ; Navy Yard, Boston, 1862-3 ;
commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commissioned as
Commander, January 2d, 1863 ; commanding steamer Cambridge, North Atlantic
Squadron, 1864-5 ; in engagement at Fort Fisher, December, 1864 ; special
duty, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1866; commanding steam-
sloop Daootah, South Pacific Squadron, 1867-9.



COMMANDER SOMERVILLE NICHOLSON.

Born in New York, January 1st, 1822. Appointed from New York, June
21st, 1839 ; attached to frigate Brandywine, Mediterranean Squadron, 1839-40 ;
brig Truxton, 1841-3; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1845; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, July 2d, 1845 ; Coast Survey, 1846-7 ; steamer Alleghany,
Brazil Squadron, 1848-9; Coast Survey, 1849-52; steam-frigate Powhatan,
East India Squadron, 1852-4 ; promoted to Master, September 9th, 1853 ; com-
missioned as Lieutenant, May 5th, 1855 ; steam-frigate Mississippi, Bast India
Squadron, 1855; ordnance duty, Washington, 1856-7; sloop Cumberland,
Coast of Africa, 1858-9; sloop Macedonian, Home Squadron, 1860-1; comman-
ding steam gunboat Marblehead, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862;
commissioned as Lieutenant Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, January 2d, 1863 ; commanding steamer State of Georgia, North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864; commanding steamer Galatea, West
India Squadron, 1865; special duty, Navy Yard, Washington, 1866-8; mem-
ber of Ordnance Board, 1869.



COMMANDERS. 93

COMMANDER WILLIAM E. HOPKINS.

Born in Virginia. Appointed from Virginia, November 13th, 1839; at-
tached to sloop Vandalia, Home Squadron, 1841-3 j Naval School, Philadelphia,
1845; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 2d, 1845; frigate Cumberland,
1847 ; schooner Falcon, Home Squadron, 1848-9 ; Coast Survey, 1850-1 ;
sloop Marion, Coast of Africa, 1851-5 ; promoted to Master, December 2d,
1853 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, July 10th, 1854 ; receiving-ship, Phila-
delphia, 1856-8; sloop Macedonian, Mediterranean Squadron, 1859-60; sloop
Preble, 1861; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; ren-
dezvous, Philadelphia, 1862 ; commanding steamer Saginaw, Pacific Squadron,
1863-5; commissioned as Commander, November 4th, 1863; commanding
steamer Shamrock, European Squadron, 1866-7 ; League Island, Pennsylvania,
1868.



COMMANDER PAUL SHIRLEY.

Born in Kentucky. Appointed from Tennesseee, July 25th, 1839 ; attached
to sloop Warren, West India Squadron, 1839-41 ; schooner Shark, Pacific
Squadron, 1842-4 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1845 ; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, July 2d, 1845 ; frigate Cumberland, 1845-6 ; steamer Alleghany,
Mediterranean Squadron, 1847 ; Coast Survey, 1848-9 ; receiving-ship, Phila-
delphia, 1850-1 ; Coast Survey, 1851-2 ; frigate Columbia, Home Squadron,
1853—4; commissioned as Master, 1854; commissioned as Lieutenant, July 21st,
1854 ; frigate Susquehanna, Mediterranean Squadron, 1857-8 ; receiving-ship,
Philadelphia, 1859-60 ; sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1860-62 ; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding sloop Cyane,
Pacific Squadron, 1863-4; commissioned as Commander, November 5th, 1863;
commanding steamer Suwanee, Pacific Squadron, 1865—7; Fleet Captain,
North Pacific Squadron, 1868; commanding receiving-ship Independence, Mare
Island, California, 1868-9.



COMMANDER H. N. T. ARNOLD.

Born in New York. Appointed from New Jersey, March 13th, 1839 ; at-
tached to frigate Constitution, Pacific Squadron, 1839-41; brig Boxer, Home
Squadron, 1842-4 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1844-5 ; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, July 2d, 1845 ; steamer Colonel Harney, 1846 ; Home Squadron,
1846-7 ; mail-steamer Pacific, 1850-1 ; sloop Plymouth, East India Squadron,
1851-5; promoted to Master, 1854; commissioned as Lieutenant, September
12th, 1854; Naval Station, Sackett's Harbor, New York, 1856-7; steam-
frigate Merrimac, Pacific Squadron, 1858 ; steam-sloop Saranao, Pacific Squad-
ron, 1859-60; steamer Mohawk, Blockading Squadron, 1861; commissioned as
Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steamer Mystic, South
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; commanding steamer Mercedita, North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863-4 ; commanding steamer Chickopee, At-
lantic Squadron, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Commander, March 3d, 1865.



94 COMMANDERS.

COMMANDER THOMAS -PATTISON.

Born in New York, February 8th, 1832. Appointed from New York,
March 2d, 1839; attached to sloop St. Louis,_ Pacific Squadron, 1839-42;
receiving-ship, Boston, 1843 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1845;' promoted to
Passed Midshipman, July 2d, 1845 ; transport Electra, Home Squadron, 1846-7 ;
steamer Scorpion, Home Squadron, 1847-9 ; Coast Survey, 1850-1 ; sloop
Portsmouth, Pacific Squadron, 1852-5 ; promoted to Master, 1854 ; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant, September 12th, 1854 ; receiving-ship, Boston, 1855-6 ;
Navy Yard, Boston, 1857; steam-frigate Mississippi, East India Squadron,
1858-60; Naval Station, Saokett's Harbor, New York, 1860-1; sloop Perry,
Atlantic Squadron, 1861; Executive oiEcer of the Perry at the time of cap-
ture of the privateer Savannah, oif Charleston, June 4th, 1861 ; commanding
steamer Philadelphia, Potomac flotilla, 1861 ; engagement with Acquia creek
batteries, October 1st, 1861 ; and engagement with Potomac river batteries the
latter part of October, 1861 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, -Tuly
16th, 1861; commanding steamer Sumpter, South Atlantic Blockading Squad-
ron, 1862 ; Mississippi Squadron, 1863; Commandant Naval Station, Memphis,
Tennessee, 1863-6; commissioned as Commander, March 3d, 1865 ; command-
ing steamer Muscoota, Atlantic Squadron, 1866—7 ; Navy Yard, Norfolk,
1867-9.



COMMANDER WILLIAM N. JEFPERS.

Born in New Jersey. Appointed from New Jersey, September 25th, 1840 ;
attached to frigate United States, Pacific Squadron, 1840-3; frigate Congress,
Brazil Squadron, 1844-5 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1846 ; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, July 11th, 1846 ; steamer Visen, Home Squadron, 1846-7;
Mexican war — attacks on Alvarado, San Juan d'Ulloa and Vera Cruz ; capture
of Tuspan and of Tampico; Coast Survey, 1848—50; mail-steamer Falcon,
1851-2 ; promoted to Master, June 12th, 1854 ; sloop Germantown, Brazil
Squadron, 1853-4; commissioned as Lieutenant, January 30th, 1855; steamer
Water Witch, river La Plata, 1856 ; special duty, Washington, 1857-S ; steam-
sloop Brooklyn, Home Squadron, 1858-60 ; steam-frigate Roanoke, North At-
lantic Blockading Squadron, 1861 ; commanding steamer Underwriter, North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861 ; capture of Roanoke Island, Elizabeth
City and enemy's squadron, and numerous skirmishes in Albemarle Sound,
1862 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding
iron-clad" Monitor," on James river, 18G2 ; attack on batteries at Sewell's Point,
Virginia, May, 1862, and battle of fort Darling, May 15th, 1862; ordnance
duty, Philadelphia, 1862-3; ordnance duty, Washington, 1864-5; commissioned
as Commander, March 3d, 1865 ; commanding steamer Swatara, special ser-
vice, 1865-6; commanding steamer Swatara, European Squadron, 1867-8;
Naval Observatory, Washington, 1868-9.



COMMANDER EDWARD SIMPSON.

Born in New York, 1824. Appointed from New York, February 11th
1840 ; attached to ship Independence, 1840-3 ; frigate Congress, Brazil Squad-



COMMANDERS. 95

ron, 1845; Naval School, Philadelphia, ]846; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, July 11th, 1846 ; steamer Vixen, Home Squadron, 1847; war with Mexico,
present at Alvarado, Tobasco and Vera Cruz ; Coast Survey, 1848-9 ; frigate
Congress, Brazil Squadron, 1851-3 ; Naval Academy, 1854 ; promoted to Mas-
ter, July 10th, 1854; commissioned as Lieutenant, April 18th, 1855; Coast
Survey, 1855-6 ; sloop Portsmouth, East India Squadron, 1856-7 ; engaged
■with Captain Foote in the bombardment of the barrier forts in the Canton river,
1856; Naval Academy, 1859-61; commissioned as Lieutenant Commander,
July 16th, 1862 ; Commandant Midshipmen Naval Academy, 1862-3; com-
manding iron-clad steamer Passaic, South Atlantic BlookaJing Squadron,
1863—4 ; engagement with Fort Wagner, July 29th, 1863 ; Fort Sumpter,
August 17th, 1863 ; Port Wagner, August 18th, 1863 ; Fort Sumpter, August
22d, 1863 ; Fort Moultrie, August 31st, 1863 ; Fort Sumpter, September 1st,
1863; battery Bee, September 8th, 1863; Fort Moultrie, November 16th,
1863 ; commanding steamer Isonomia, Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron,
1864 ; Fleet Captain of Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1865 , engaged
in operations before Mobile, from March 27th, 1865, to April 12th, 1865,
when the city capitulated ; commissioned as Commander, March 3d, 1865 ;
commanding steam sloop Mohican, North Pacific Squadron, 1867-8 ; in charge
Hydrographical-Office, Washington, 1869.



COMMANDER WILLIAM G. TEMPLE.

Born in Vermont, March 3d, 1824. Appointed from Vermont, April 18th,
1840 ; attached to frigate Constellation, East India Squadron, 1840-3 ; frigate
Potomac, Home Squadron, 1845 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1846 ; steamer
Scourge, Home Squadron, 1846-8 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 11th,
1846; capture of Alvarado, March 31, 1847; capture of Tuspan, April 18th,
1847; capture of Tobasco, June, 1847 ; Coast Survey, 1849-50; sloop Levant,
Mediterranean Squadron, 185.3-5; promoted to Master, July 21st, 1854; Coast
Survey, 1855-9 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, April, 1857 ; commissioned as
Lieutenant- Commander, July 16th, 1862; ordnance duty. New York, 1862 ;
Fleet Captain, Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steamer
Pontoosuck, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5.

Attack on Fort Fisher, December 24 and 25, 1864 ; capture of Port Fisher,
January, 1865 ; capture of Fort Anderson, February 18th, 1865 ; capture of
Fort Lee and Wilmington, North Carolina, February 21st-22d, 1865 ; bom-
bardment of rebel batteries at Dutch Gap, James river, April 2d, 1865.

Commissioned as Commander, March 3d, 1865 ; commanding steamer Taeony,
Atlantic Squadron, 1866 ; Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 1867-9.



COMMANDER SAMUEL P. CARTER.

Born in Tennessee. Appointed from Tennessee, February 14th, 1840; at-
tached to sloop Dale, Pacific Squadron, 1841-4 ; steamer Michigan, on the
lakes, 1845 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1845; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, July 11th, 1846 ; Home Squadron, 1846-7 ; present at capture of Vera



96 COMMANDERS

Cruz ; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1847-8 ; frigate St. Lawrence, Mediter-
ranean Squadron, 1849-50 ; Naval Academy, 1851-3 ; store-ship Relief, 1853-5 ;
promoted to Master, September 12th, 1854 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, April
18th, 1855 ; steam-frigate San Jacinto, East India Squadron, 1855-7 ; at attack
on Barrier Forts, Canton river, China, 1856 ; Naval Academy, 1858-60. On
July 11th, 1861, Lieutenant Carter was ordered to report to the Secretary of
War for duty.

Appointed Brigadier General in September, 1861, and assigned to the Ten-
nessee Brigade; present at Wild Cat, Kentucky, at Zollicoffer's repulse, 1861,
and at the battle of Mill Spring, January, 1862 ; at Cumberland Gap, March
and May, 1862 ; at capture of Cumberland Gap, June 17th, 1862; in Kanawha
Valley, in October and November, 1862, at which time the rebel troops were
driven out ; commanded cavalry expedition into East Tennessee, and tore up
track of Tennessee and Virginia Rail Road in December, 1862, and January,
1863 ; defeated rebel troops at Holstien and Jonesville ; at battle of Button's
Hill, March 81st, 1863 ; defeated Pegram's forces at Monteville, Beaver Dam,
in May and June, 1863.

In July, 1863, was assigned to command of cavalry division, and had the ad-
vance when Burnside occupied East Tennessee, in August and September, 1863 ;
present at siege and battle of Knoxville, December, 1863 ; Provost Marshal
General of East Tennessee, from September, 1863, to January, 1865, when he
was relieved at his own request, and ordered to North Carolina, and assigned to.
the command of a division ; commanded the left wing at the battle of Kingston,
North Carolina, on 10th of March, 1865, when Bragg was defeated; occupied
Goldsboro', driving out the rebels with his command ; assigned to command of
3d division of 23d army corps, April 7th, 1865 ; breveted Major General, March
13th, 1865; commanding 23d army corps from July, until relieved from duty
in North Carolina, August, 1865; honorably mustered out of the army, Janu-
ary, 1866 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commis-
sioned as Commander, June 25th, 1865; commanding steamer Monocacy, Asi-
atic Squadron, 1867-9. At present, on duty at Navy Yard, Philadelphia.



COMMANDER THOMAS S. PHELPS.

Born in Maine. Appointed from Maine, January 17th, 1840 ; attached to
sloop Preble, Mediterranean Squadron, 1841-4 ; sloop Boston, Brazil Squad-
ron, 1844-5 ; Naval School, 1846 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 11th,
1846; schooner Nautilus, Coast Survey, 1847-9; razee Independence, Medi-
terranean Squadron, 1849-51; Coast Survey, 1851-2 ; receiving-ship Norfolk,
1853; sloop Decatur, Pacific Squadron, 1854-7; promoted to Master, 1854;
commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1854 ; battle of Seattle, Wash-
ington Territory, January 26th, 1856; ordnance duty, Norfolk, 1857-8; steamer



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