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Westernport, Brazil Squadron and Paraguay Expedition, 1858-60 ; Coast Sur-
vey, 1860-1 ; commanding steamer Corwin, North Atlantic Blockadins Squad-
ron, 1861-2. ° '■

Engagement with rebel gun-boat Curlew, at Hatteras Inlet, October, 1861 ;
three engagements with Yorktown batteries, 1862.

1 o«o"'™^^^°'^®'^ ^^ Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; Coast Survey,
18bd-4; commandmg iron-clad Saugas, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron,



COMMANDEKS. 97

1864-5 ; commanding steam-sloop Juniata, at capture of Port Fisher, January,
1865 ; commissioned as Commander, August 5th, 1865 ; commanding steamer
Lenapee, Atlantic Squadron, 1865-7; Navy Yard, Mare Island, California,
1867-9.



COMMANDER JOHN MADIGAN".

Born in Maine. Appointed from Maine, February 19th, 1840; attached to
sloop Preble, Mediterranean Squadron, 1840-4 ; sloop Boston, Brazil Squad-
ron, 1S44-6 ; bomb-brig Vesuvius, Home Squadron, 1846-7 ; during the -war
■with Slexico, present at Tuspan, Tobasoo, and at capture of "Vera Cruz; promoted
to Passed Midshipman, July 15th, 1846; Coast Survey, 1848-50; sloop Sara-
toga, East ludia Squadron, 1851-4; promoted to Master, 1855; commissioned
as Lieutenant, 1855; steam-sloop Mississippi, 1861; commissioned as Lieuten-
ant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding sloop Vincennes, "Western Gulf
Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; ordnance duty, Boston Navy Yard, 1864; com-
manding iron-clad Patapsco, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 186 i-5;
Commissioned as Commander, September 22d, 1865 ; commanding steamer
Paul Jones, Gulf Squadron, 1865-6 j Navy Yard, Boston, 1867-9.



COMMANDER EDWARD BARRETT.

Born in Louisiana. Appointed from Louisiana, November 3d, 1840 ; at-
tached to sloop Preble, Mediterranean Squadron, 1840-3 ; frigate Columbia,
Brazil Squadron, 1843-5 ; sloop Falmouth, Mediterranean Squadron, 1845-6;
promoted to Passed Blidshipman, July 11th, 1846; during Mexican war, pres-
ent at Alvarado, Vera Cruz, Tuspan, Tobasco, and in expedition to Laguna;
sloop Jamestown, Mediterranean Squadron, 1850-1 ; frigate Cumberland, Medi-
terranean Squadron, 1853-5 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14,
1855 ; steam-frigate Saranac, Mediterranean Squadron, 1856 ; frigate Congress,
Mediterranean Squadron, 1857 ; sloop Constellation, Mediterranean Squadron,
1858 ; receiving-ship. New York, 1859 ; steamer San Jacinto, Coast of Africa,
1860 ; steam-sloop Mississippi, 1861 ; commanding sloop Vincennea, Western
Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander,
July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gun-boat Massasoit, 1863-4 ; commanding
iron-clad Catskill, South Atlantic Squadron, 1864-5 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, December 24th, 1865 ; temporary ordnance duty. Navy Yard,
Norfolk, 1866 ; commanding steamer Agawan, North Atlantic Squadron,
1866-7; commanding steamer Quinebang, South Atlantic Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER HOMER C. BLAKE.

Born in New York, 1822. Appointed from Ohio, March 2d, 1840 ; frigate
Coustellation, East India Squadron, 1841-3 ; sloop Preble, Coast of Africa,
1843-5 ; Naval School, 1846 ; sloop Preble, Pacific Squadron, 1846-8 ; pro-
moted to Passed Midshipman, July lltb, 1846; receiving-ship, New York,

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98 COMMANDERS.

1849-50 ; frigate Raritan, Pacific Squadron, 1850-2 ; receiving-ship, Boston,
1853-6; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855 ; frigate St. Law-
rence, Brazil Squadron, 1857-9; frigate Sabine, Home Squadron, 1861-2;
commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer
Hatteras, Western Grulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3.

On 11th of January, 1868, the Hatteras, while at Anchor off Galveston,
Texas, was ordered by signal from the Brooklyn, flag-ship of the division block-
ading Galveston, to chase a sail to the southward and eastward. Commander
Blake at once obeyed the signal, and steamed with all speed in the direction
indicated, and rapidly gained upon the suspicious vessel, which was discovered
to be a steamer. When within about four miles of the vessel, it was observed
that she had ceased to steam, and was lying " broadside on," awaiting the ap-
proach of the Hatteras. When at about the distance of seventy-five yards,
Commander Blake hailed, and asked " What steamer is that?" The reply was
" Her Britanic Majesty's ship Vixen." Captain Blake ordered a boat to be sent
aboard; but before the order could be obeyed, the commander of the strange
craft hailed, and said "We are the Confederate steamer Alabama," which was
accompanied by a broadside. The Hatteras returned the fire almost instantly,
and steamed directly for the Alabama in the hope to carry her by boarding ;
but the attempt was defeated by the commander of the piratical craft.

At length a shell entered the hold of the Hatteras, and at the same instant
another shell passed through the " sick-bay," exploding in an adjoining com-
partment and setting fire to the vessel. Still another shell entered the cylinder,
filling the engine-room and deck with steam, and depriving Commander Blake
of all power to manoeuvre his vessel or work the pumps, upon which the reduc-
tion of the fire depended. With the vessel on fire in two places, and her engine
disabled, Commander Blake felt that it was useless to sacrifice the lives of his
command, and so ordered a lee gun to be fired. The Alabama then asked if
assistance was desired, to which an affirmative answer was given. After con-
siderable delay, the Alabama sent assistance, and the crew and officers of the
Hatteras were transferred to the Alabama. Ten minutes after the crew left her
decks, the Hatteras went down, bow first.

The battery upon the Alabama brought into action against the Hatteras num-
bered seven guns, consisting of four long 32-pounders, one 100-pouuder rifled
gun, one 68-pounder, and one 24-pounder rifled gun. The guns used in the
action by the Hatteras, were two short 32-pounders, one 30-pounder rifled Par-
rott, and one 20-pounder rifle gun. The action was fought at a distance of about
seventy-five yards. The crew of the Hatteras were landed at Porf^Koyal, Ja-
maica, and were with all dispatch conveyed from Port-Royal to Kingston, under
the guidance of the American Vice-Consul, John N. Camp.

Commanding steamer Utah, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 186.S-5 ;
shelled with three divisions of rebel army at Malvern Hill, 1864 ; assisted to
repulse an attack of the rebels on the right of the army of the James, October,
1864; engagement with rebel batteries at Trent Reach, James river, 1865 ;
Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1866-8 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, March 3d, 1866 ; commanding steam-sloop Swatara, European Squad-
ron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER CLARKE H. WELLS.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Pennsylvania, September 25th,
1840 ; attached to razee Independence, Home Squadron, 1842-4 ; sloop Levant,



COMMANDERS.



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Pacific Squadron, 1844-5 ; Naval School, 1846 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
July 11th, 1846; Home Squadron, 1846-7; present at Vera Cruz; sloop Ply-
mouth, East India Squadron, 1848-50; brig Dolphin, East India Squadron,
1851 ; receiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1852 ; store-ship at Valparaiso, 1852-5 ;
commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855 ; Naval Observatory,
Washington, 1856 ; in 1856 attached to barque Resolute, which vessel was
originally an English man-of-war, abandoned in the Arctic seas, and subse-
quently recovered and brought to the United States by the American whale
ship, "George Henry;" Congress, by joint resolution, dated August 28th,
1856, having purchased her from the salvors, and ordered her restoration to
the British government, she sailed for England, November 13tb, 1856; Lieu-
tenant Clarke H. Wells, being one of her officers; steam-frigate Susquehanna
Home Squadron, 1858 ; steamer Metacomet, 1859 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-
Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding, sloop Vandalia, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1861-2; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1863; commanding
iron-clad steamer G-alena, Western Gulf Squadron, 1864-5 ; battle of Mobile
Bay, August 5th, 1864 ; commanding steamer Kansas, Brazil Squadron, 1866-8 ;
commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, 1868-9.



COMMANDER S. P. QUACKENBUSH.

Born in New York. Appointed from same State, February 15th, 1S40
attached to sloop Boston, Bast India Squadron, 1841-4; frigate Raritan, Brazil
Squadron, 1843-5; Naval School, 1846 ; sloop Albany, Home Squadron, 1846-7
promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 11th, 1846 ; store-ship Supply, Mediter
ranean Squadron, 1847-8 ; Coast Survey, 1849-50; mail-steamer Pacific, 1850-1
mail-steamer Illinois, 1852 ; brig Perry, Coast of Africa, 1853-4; commissioned as
Lieutenant, September 4th, 1855; Home Squadron, 1856; steam-frigate Wabash
Home Squadron, 1857-8; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1859; frigate Congress
Brazil Squadron, 1860-1 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, July 16th, 1862 ; com-
manding steamer Delaware, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861- ~
commanded the Delaware, flying the divisional flag of Commander S. C. Rowan
at battles of Roanoke Island, Elizabeth City and Newbern, 1862 ; at Winton
North Carolina, in same vessel, engaged a rebel battery and a regiment of
infantry at short range ; engagements with Sewell's Point battery ; a flying bat-
tery at Wilcox Landing, and a battery on Malvern Hill, James river
engagement with a battery at Point of Rocks, Appomattox river, 1862
commanding steam gunboat Unadilla, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1863; commanding steam gunboat Pequot, North Atlantic Blockading Squad
ron, 1863-4; South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5; commissioned as
Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steamer Conemaugh, Atlantic
Squadron, 1866-8; Navy Yard, Norfolk, 1868-9.



COMMANDER EARL ENGLISH.

Born in New Jersey. Appointed from New Jersey, February 25th, 1840 ;
attached to frigate Constellation, East India Squadron, 1840-4; steam-ship



100 COMMANDERS.

Princeton, special service, 1844-5 ; Naval School, 1846 ; promoted to Passed
MidsMpman, July 11th, 1846 ; razee Independence, flag-ship. Pacific Squadron,
1846-8; present at capture of Mazatlan, 1847; steamer Vixen, Home Squad-
ron, 1849-50 ; store-ship Southampton, Pacific Squadron, 1851-3 ; receiving-ship,
Philadelphia, 1853 ; Coast Survey, 1854-5 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; com-
missioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855 ; sloop Levant, East India
Squadron, 1855-8 ; took part in engagements with Barrier Forts, Canton river,
China, November, 1856 ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1859 ; steam-sloop Wyom-
ing, Pacific Squadron, 1860-1; commanding steamer Somerset, Eastern Gulf
Blockading Squadron, 1862 ; capture of fort at mouth of St. Marks Eiver,
Florida, June 15th, 1862 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th,

1862 ; commanding steam gunboat Sagamore, East Gulf Blockading Squadron,

1863 ; captured and destroyed town of New Smyrna, Florida, July 28th, 1863 ;
, commanding steam gunboat Pontiac, 1864; commanding steamer Wyal using.

North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; capture of Plymouth, North
Carolina, October, 1864; in action with rebel batteries and infantry, on Eoan-
oke river, near Poplar Point, North Carolina, during the expedition up that
river, the advance being prevented by torpedoes, December, 1864 ; ordnance
duty. Navy Yard, New York, 1866 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th,
1866 J commanding steam-sloop Iroquois, Asiatic Squadron, 1867-9.



COMMANDER JOSEPH M. BRADFORD.

Born in Tennessee. Appointed from Alabama, January 10th, 1840 ; at-
tached to frigate Columbus, Mediterranean Squadron, 1840-3 ; sloop Vandalia,
Home Squadron, 1843-5; Naval School, 1846; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, July 11th, 1846; attached to steamer Spitfire, Home Squadron, 1846-7.

Was in the several attacks on Vera Cruz; on board the Spitfire, when that ves-
sel, assisted by two other gunboats, captured a ten-gun fort a few miles below
Tobasco ; in several skirmishes in and about Tobasco ; at capture of Tuspan
and Tampico.

Frigate Brandywine, Brazil Squadron, 1847-8 ; razee Independence, Medi-
terranean Squadron, 1849-52 ; Coast Survey, 1853 ; sloop Dale, Coast of Africa,
1854-5 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September
16th, 1855 ; sloop Jamestown, Coast of Africa, 1856 j receiving-ship, Boston,
1857-9 ; store-ship Release, Brazil Squadron, 1860-1 ; Navy Yard, Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire, 1862-8 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander,
July 16th, 186^ j commanding steamer Nipsic, South Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, 1863.

In November, 1863, was appointed Fleet Captain of the South Atlantic
Squadron, and served in that capacity until June 25th, 1865; was a number of
times under fire at Charleston and Stono Inlet.

Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1866 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 25th, 1866; commanding steam-sloop Resaca, North Pacific
Squadron, 1867-8 ; ordnance duty. Navy Yard, Boston, 1869.



COMMANDER REIGART B. DOWRY.

Born in South America, July 14th, 1826. Appointed from Pennsylvania,
January 21st, 1840; attached to sloop Boston, East India Squadron, 1840-3;



COMMANDERS. 101

stenmcr Princeton, special service, '1844-5; Naval School, 1846; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, July 11th, 1846; Home Squadron during Mexican war ;
prosetit at Tampico, Tuspan, Vera Cruz, Tobaseo, Seven Palms, and Alvarado ;
wounded slightly at Tuspan; razee Independence, Mediterranean Squadron,
1850-2; sloop Plymouth, East India Squadron, 1852-4 ; promoted to Blaster,
1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,. September 14th, 1855 ; steam-frigate Pow-
hatin, East India Squadron, 1855-6 ; receiving ship, New York, 1857-8 ; sloop
Preble, Brazil Squadron, 1858-9 ; special duty, 1860-1 ; steam-sloop Pawnee,
Atlantic Coast, 1861 ; was present in Pawnee in first firing on Sumpter ; engage-
ment at Acquia creek, Potomac river, 1861; commanded steamer Preeborn, in
engagement at Matthias Point and other affairs on Potomac river; suggested
Ilatteras expedition, and gave information which led to it, received thanks of
the Secretary of the Navy for the same, August, 1861 ; commanded steamer
Underwriter in Albemarle Sound, 1861 ; was Executive Officer of steam-sloop
Brooklyn in the battles with the forts below New Orleans, and at the capture
of the city ; first attack on Vicksburg, June 30th, 1862 ; commanded steamer
Sciota, Western Grulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; engagement at Donaldson-
viUe, Louisiana, between Sciota and rebel force of nine hundred men and seven
pieces of artillery,. October 5th, 1862; engagement with batteries at Galveston,
January, 1863 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ;
special duty, Washington, 1863-4 ; commanding apprentice-ship Sabine, 1864-8 ;
commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866



COMMANDER WILLIAM W. LOW.

Born in Massachusetts, April 15th, 1823. Appointed from same State,
1841 ; attached to steamer Missouri, Home Squadron, 1842-3 ; sloop Deca-
tur, Coast of Africa, 1843-5 ; frigate Columbus, East India Squadron, 1845-6 ;
Naval School, 1847-8 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ;
frigate St. Lawrence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1848-50 ; sloop Falmouth, Pa-
cific Squadron, 1851-2 ; steamer Princeton, special service, 1854-5 ; promoted
to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855 ; store-
ship Relief, 1858-9 ; sloop St. Louis, Home Squadron, 1860-1 ; sloop Constel-
lation, Mediterranean Squadron, 1862-3 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Com-
mander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gun-boat Octorara, Western Gulf
Blockading Squadron, 1863-5.

Participated in bombardment of Fort Powell, Grant's Pass, Mississippi Sound,
February, 1864 ; in the bombardment of Port Morgan, August 22d, 1864 ; in
the operations ai^ainst the rebel works, in Blakely river, April, 1865 ; and at
the capture of Mobile.

Special duty, Boston, 1866-7; commissioned as Commander, July .25th,
1866; commanding receiving-ship, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1868-9.



COMMANDER JOHN I-I. UPSHUR.

Born in Virginia, December 5th, 1823. Appointed from Virginia, Novem-
ber 4th, 1841 ; attached to frigate Congress, Mediterranean Squadron, 1841-3 ;



102 COMMANDERS.

sloop St. Marys, Mediterranean Squadron, »1 843-6 ; Home Squadron, durin
Mex-ioan war ; in tte Naval Battery, during tte bombardment of Vera Cruz
Naval School, 1847 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847
frigate Cumberland, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-50; ordnance duty, 1852
store-ship Supply, Eiist India Squadron, 1853-6; promoted to Blaster, 1855
commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855; ordnance duty, Washing-
ton Navy Yard, 1856-7 ; sloop Cumberland, Coast of Africa, 1858-9 ; North
Atlantic JJlockading Squadron, 1861 ; at capture of forts at Hatteras, North
Carolina; steam-frigate Wabash, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861;
present at battle of Port Royal ; commanding steamer Flambeau, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; several expeditions up the rivers of South Caro-
lina; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding
steam-frigate Minnesota, flag-ship. North Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1863—4 ; commanding steamer A. D. Vance, North Atlantic Blockading Squad-
ron, 1864-5; at capture of Fort Fisher, January, 1865 ; commanding steamer
Frolic, European Squadron, 1865-7 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th,
1866; commanding apprentice-ship Saratoga, 1868-9.



COMMANDER FRANCIS A. KOE.

Born in New York, October 4th, 1823. Appointed from New York, Octo-
ber 19th, 1841 ; attached to sloop John Adams, Brazil Squadron, 1841-3 ; sloop
Yorktown, Coast of Africa, 1844-6 ; steamer Alleghany, Mediterranean
Squadron, 1846-7; Naval School, 1847-8; promoted to Passed Midshipman
on August 10th, 1847 ; mail-steamer Georgia, 1851-2 ; brig Porpoise, North
Pacific Expedition, 1853-4.

Engagement with squadron of fourteen Chinese junks, in 1854; defeated the
squadron and broke up their rendezvous near Macao, sinking a number of junks.

Sloop Vincennes, North Pacific Expedition, 1855; promoted to Master, 1855;
commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855; Coast Survey, 1857-8 ;
sloop Macedonian, Mediterranean Squadron, 1859-60; Executive Officer steam-
sloop Pensacola, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1861-2.

Engagement with batteries on the passage down the Potomac; attack on and
passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and Chalmette batteries, and capture
of New Orleans. Engagement at Baton Rouge, August 5th, 1862.

Commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding
steam gunboat Katahdin, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3.

Second engagement at Baton Rouge and destruction of rebel iron-clad Arkan-
sas, August 7th, 1862; two fights near Donaldsonville with masked batteries;
engagement at Plaquemine, Louisiana; skirmishing constantly for over four
months in the Katahdin between Baton Rouge and College Point, Louisiana,
1862.

Commanding steamer Sassacus, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1863-4 ; battle of rebel iron-clad Albemarle and gunboat Bombshell, May 5.th,
1864 ; commanding steamer Michigan, on the lakes, 1864-6 ; attached to
steam-sloop Madawasoa, New York, 1866-7 ; commissioned as Commander,
July 25th, 1866; commanding steamer Tacony, Atlantic Squadron, 1867;
Fleet-Captain, Asiatic Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDERS. 103

COMMANDER JAMES S. THORNTON.

Born ia New Hampshire, 1827. Appointed from New Hampshire, January
15th, 1841 ; attaclied to frigate Columbia, Brazil Squadron, 1841-5 ; sloop
John Adams, Home Squadron, 1846-7; on blockade and special duty in Gulf
during Mexican war; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1846;
steamer Mississippi, Home Squadron, 1847-9 ; Coast Survey, 1849-50 ; re-
signed May 9th, 1850 ; reinstated, 1854 ; store-ship Relief, Brazil Squadron,
1855; promoted to Master, 1855; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th,
1855; store-ship Relief, Home Squadron, 1859-60 ; brig Bainbridge, Atlantic
Coast, 1861 ; Executive OflBcer of flag-ship Hartford at the passage of the
forts and Chalmette batteries below New Orleans; also, two engagements with
the Vicksburg batteries, and action with the ram Arkansas; commissioned as
Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gunboat Winona,
off Mobile, 1863 ; made a reconnoissanee of Fort Gaines, and sounded the ap-
proach thereto under fire of the fort ; destroyed rebel steamer in Navy Cove,
Mobile Bay, under fire of Fort Morgan; Executive Officer of the Kearsarge in
the action with the Alabama ofiF Cherbourg, France.

Lieutenant-Commander Thornton was advanced several numbers in his grade
for his gallantry and efficiency in the action with the Alabama.

Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1866-7; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steam-sloop Kearsarge, South Pacific
Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER WILLIAM D. WHITING.

Born in J^Iassachusetts, May 1st, 1823. Appointed from same State March
1st, 1841 ; attached to sloop Cyane, Pacific Squadron, 1841-4 ; frigate Colum-
bus, East India Squadron, 1844-6 ; Naval School, 1847-8 ; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, August lOth, 1847 ; sloop Marion, East India Squadron, 1849-52 ;
Naval Observatory, Washington, 1853 ; Coast Survey, 1854-7 ; promoted to
Master, 1855; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855; sloop
Marion, Coast of Africa, 1858-60 ; sloop Macedonian, 1861 ; Executive Officer
sloop Vandalia, at capture of Port Royal, 1861 ; commanding steamer Wyan-
dotte, Potomac flotilla, 1862 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July
16th, 1832 ; commanding steam gun-boat Ottawa, South Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, 1863.

Attack and capture of lower end of Morris Island ; attacks on Fort Wagner
and battery Gregg, and bombardment up to the time of their evacuation.

Commanding school-ship Savannah, 1864-5 ; commanding steamer Tioga,
Gulf Squadron, 1866 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; Navy
Yard, New York, 1867-9; commanding sloop Saratoga, North Atlantic Squad-
ron, 1869.



COMMANDER J. C. P. DbKRAFPT.

Born in District of Columbia, January 12th, 1826. Appointed from Illinois,
October 19th, 1841 ; attached to frigate Congress, Mediterranean Squadron,
1841-3; frigate Raritan, Brazil Squadron, 1844-6; Home Squadron, 1846;



104 COMMANDERS.

first attack on Alvarado, 1846; frigate Ohio, Pacific Squadron, 1847; Naval
School, 1847-8 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ; frigate
Baritan, Home Squadron, 1849-50; Coast Survey, 1851; steamer Vixen,
Home Squadron, 1851-2; Coast Survey, 1853; steamer Michigan, on the
lakes, 1855 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned, as Lieutenant, Sep-
tember 14th, 1855 ; sloop John Adams, Pacific Squadron, 1856-8 ; steamer
Michigan, on the lakes, 1859; frigate Niagara, special service, 1861; attack on
Fort McCrean, defences of Pensacola, 1861 ; Navy Yard, Washington, 18G2-3 ;
commanding steamer Conemaugh, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-6 ;
attack on Fort Powell and defences of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864; com-
missioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; special duty, Philadelphia, 1867 ;
Fleet Captain, North Atlantic Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER OSCAR C. BADGER.

BoEN in Connecticut. Appointed from Pennsylvania, September 19th,
1841 ; attached to razee Independence, Home Squadron, 1841-2 ; sloop Sara-
toga, Coast of Africa, 1843^ ; was in landing party from the Saratoga, and
took part in the destruction of the Berley villages, 1843 ; steamer Mississippi,
Home Squadron, during Mexican war, at Alvarado, 1846 ; brig Perry, Brazil
Squadron, 1847-8 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ;
sloop Vincennes, Pacific Squadron, 1850-1 ; frigate Savannah, Pacific Squadron,
1851 ; sloop Vincennes, Pacific Squadron, 1852; Naval Observatory, Washing-
ton, 1853-4 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, Septem-
ber 14th, 1855 ; sloop John Adams, Pacific Squadron, 1855-6 ; ordnance-ship
Plymouth, 1858 ; sloop Blacedonian, Blediterranean Squadron, 1858-9 ; Navy
Yard, Washington, 1861; commanding steamer Anacostia, Potomac flotilla,
1861-2; attack on Cock Pit Point Battery, January 2d, 1862; Acquia
creek Batteries, March, 1862, and engaged in a number of other attacks
on Potomac river batteries in the same year.; in April, 1862, while in
command of the Anacostia, was engaged in the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, and
defence of Gloucester Point. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ;
engaged in the attack on Morris Island batteries, July 11th, 18B3 ; commanded
the iron-clad Patapsco, in the attack on Fort Wagner, July 9th, 1863 ; and in
the attack on Ports Wagner and Gregg, August 17th, 1863 ; commanded the



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