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iron-clad Montauk, in the attack on Fort Sumpter ; performed the duties of
Fleet Captain of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and was in the flag-
ship Weehawken (iron-clad) in an attack on Fort Sumpter, on the night of Sep-
tember 1st, 1863, and was severely wounded, his right leg being shattered by a
metallic splinter; ordnance duty, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1864-6; commis-
sioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steamer Peoria, Atlantic
Squadron, 1866-7; equipment duty, Portsmouth Navy Yard, 1868-9.



COilxMANDER THOMAS C. HARRIS.

Born ia Pennsylvania, 1823. Appointed from Pennsylvania, September
9th, 1841 ; attached to frigate Delaware, Brazil Squadron, 1841-3 ; sloop Ports-



COMMANDERS. 105

mouth, Home Squadron, 1843-5 ; steamer Princeton, Pacific Squadron, 1847-8;
promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847; Naval Observatory,
Washington, 1849-50; frigate Savannah, Pacific Squadron, 1851; frigate Rari-
tan. Pacific Squadron, 1852-3 ; steam-sloop Saranac, Pacific Squadron, 1854-6;
promoted to Mast«r, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 15th, 1855 ;
receiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1857 ; steam-sloop Saranac, Pacific Squadron,
1857-8 ; steam-sloop Powhatan, 1861 ; steamer Kearsarge, special service, 1862 ;
commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam
gunboat Chippewa, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863-4; several at-
tacks on Port Wagner, Morris Island, July, 1863 ; commanding steam gunboat
Yantic, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5; in the two attacks on
Fort Fisher, December, 1864, and January, 1865; commissioned as Commander,
July 25th, 1866; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1866-9.



COMMANDER STEPHEN B. LUCE.

Born in New York, March 25th, 1827. Appointed from New York, Octo-
ber 19th, 1841 ; attached to frigate Congress, Mediterranean Squadron, 1842-5;
serving on board frigate Columbus on Coast of California during Mexican war ;
promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847; sloop Vandalia, Pacific
Squadron, 1850-2 ; special duty, 1853 ; steamer Visen, Home Squadron, 1854;
Coast Survey, 1855-7 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
September 15th, 1855 ; sloop Jamestown, Home Squadron, 1858-60 ; steam-
frigate Wabash, Atlantic Coast, 1861. At battles of Hatteras Inlet and Port
Royal ; commanded a howitzer launch of Wabash during a reeonnoissance in force
and engagement with rebels at Port Royal ferry, by combined military and
naval forces.

Commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 15th, 1862; Naval Academy,
1863 ; commanding iron-clad Nantucket, South Atlantic Blockading Squad-
ron, 1863-5.

While in command of the Nantucket engaged the rebel forts Sumpter and
Moultrie a number of times; commanding steamer Pontiao, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1865 ; engaged battery Marshall several times.

On January 5th, 1865, reported to General W. T. Sherman at Savannah,
Ga., for duty, in connection with the army, with considerable difficulty got the
Pontiac up the Savannah river about forty miles above the city, and protected
the pontoon bridge from the rebel gun-boats while General Sloeum's wing
passed into South Carolina, which service was acknowledged by General
Sherman.

Commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; Commandant of Midshipmen
at Naval Academy, 1866-8; commanding steamer Mohongo, North Pacific
Squadron, 1868-9; at present, commanding steam-sloop Juniata, European
Squadron.



COMMANDER JOHN LEE DAVIS.

Born in Indiana. Appointed from Indiana, January 9th, 1841 ; attached to
sloop Fairfield, Mediterranean Squadron, 1842-5 ; brig Porpoise, Home Squad-



106 COMMANDERS.

ron, 1846-7 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August lOth, 1847; steamer
Iris, Home Squadron, 1848 ; brig Dolphin, East India Squadron, 1849-50 ;
captured a piratical junk near Macao, China, 1849 ; sloop Plymouth, Home
Squadron, 1851 ; Coast Survey, 1852; brig Perry, Coast of Africa, 1853-4;
promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 15th, 1855;
Coast Survey, 1855-7 ; sloop Vandalia, Pacific Squadron, 1858 ; frigate Merri-
mack, Pacific Squadron, 1859 ; steamer Water Witch, Western Gulf Block-
ading Squadron, 1861 ; engagement with rebel gunboats at Southwest Pass,
Mississippi river, October 12th, 1861 ; commanding steamer Vixen, South At-
lantic Blockading Squadron, 1862; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander,
July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gunboat Wissahickon, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1862-3; several engagements with Fort McAllister,
Ogeechee river, Ga., and in nearly all the battles in which the gunboats were
engaged with the rebel batteries of Morris Island, July 10th to August 22d,
1868; commanding iron-clad Montauk. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1863-4 ; in nearly all the battles in which the monitors were engaged with
Fort Sumpter and the batteries of Charleston harbor, from August 23d, 1863,
to May 15th, 1864; commanding steam gunboat Sassacus, North Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; participated in the two attacks on Fort Fisher,
December, 1864, and January, 1865 ; engagement with Port Anderson, Cape
Fear river, February, 1865 ; engagement with Fort Strong, Cape Fear river,
February 20th and 21st, 1865 ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1866; commissioned
as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; special duty, Hartford, Connecticut, 1867 ;
Navy Yard, Washington, 1868-9.



C0M3IANDEII ALEXANDER A. SEMMES.

Born in District of Columbia. Appointed from Maryland, October 22d,
1841 ; attached to frigate Columbus, Mediterranean Squadron, 1841-3 ; skir-
mish with the natives at Grand Bevely, Africa; sloop Vincennes, East India
Squadron, 1845-6 ; Naval School, 1847 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
August 10th, 1847; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1849-50; frigate Con-
gress, Brazil Squadron, 1851-2 ; Coast Survey, 1853 ; Naval Observatory,
Washington, 1854 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
September 15th, 1855; steamer Massachusetts, Pacific Squadron, 1855-7.

In November, 1856, commanded a force of twenty-three sailors and marines
in a successful attack upon an encampment of one hundred E-ussian-American
Indians, in Puget Sound.

Steam-sloop Powhatan, Bast India Squadron, 1859-60; steamer Ehode
Island, Atlantic Coast, 1861 ; commanding steamer Wamsutta, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; engaged in skirmish with rebels at an island in
Newport river, Ga., April, 1862 ; commanding steam gunboat Tahoma, East
Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863-4.

Attacked the batteries of Tampa, Florida, April, 1863, and in October, 1863,
attacked same batteries as a ruse while di.=patching a party of sailors to capture
some blockade-runners ; in September, 1863, while in command of a lio-ht
draught steamer, with detachment from various vessels of the East Gulf Squad-
ron, made a demonstration on Bay Port, Florida, which resulted in the destruc-
tion of an English blockade-running steamer and the warehouse containing her



COMMANDERS. 107

Commanding iron-clad Lehigh, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1S64-5 ;
bombardment of Fort Pringle, July 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 186 4- ; picket duty
in the harbor of Charleston during the fall and winter of 1864-5.

In February, 1865, commanding the Lehigh, and senior officer of six vessels
operating against the rebel defences on James Island ; fall of Charleston, 1865.

Commanded the Lehigh in a midnight bombardment of the Howlett House
batteries on James river ; fall of Richmond.

Ordnance duty, Philadelphia, 1866-8 ; commissioned as Commander, July
25th, 1866 ; commanding sloop Portsmouth, South Atlantic Squadron, 1869.



COMMANDER WILLIAM T. TRUXTON.

Born in Pennsylvania, March 11th, 1824. Appointed from Pennsylvania,
February 9th, 1841 ; attached to frigate Cumberland, Home Squadron, 1842-4
brig Truxton, Coast of Africa, 1844-5 ; Naval School, 1846 ; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ; store-ship Supply, Pacific Squadron, 1850-2
brig Dolphin, special service, 1853; special duty, 1854; promoted to Master,
1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 15th, 1855 ; Coast Survey,
1855-7 ; brig Perry, Brazil Squadron, 1858-60 ; sloop Dale, 1861 ; command-
ing sloop Dale, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862; commissioned as
Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gun-boat Cho-
cura, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steam gun-boat
Tacony, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863-5 ; capture of Plymouth,
North Carolina, October, 1864; two attacks on Fort Fisher, N. C, December,
1864, and January, 1865 ; various engagements with batteries along the coast
of North Carolina ; special duty. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1866-7 ; commis-
sioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; commanding sloop Jamestown, North
Pacific Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER WILLIAM K. MAYO.

Born in Virginia. Appointed from Virginia, October 18th, 1841 ; attached
to frigate United States, Pacific Squadron, 1842-4 ; steamer Blichigan, on the
lakes, 1846; Home Squadron, during the Mexican war.

Took part in attempt to cut out three schooner gun-boats in Tampico river;
served in naval battery at Vera Cruz ; bombardment of forts at mouth of
Tampico river.

Naval School, 1847-8; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ;
frigate St. Lawrence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-50 ; brig Dolphin, special
service. 1851-2 ; steam-sloop Saranac, Home Squadron, 1853 ; sloop Cyane,
Home Squadron, 1854 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieuten-
ant, September 15th, 1855 ; Naval Academy, 1855-7 ; steam-frigate Minnesota,
East India Squadron, 1858-9 ; sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1860-1 ;
steam-sloop Housatonic, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862 ; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam gunboat
Kanawha, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863-4 ; engagement with
Fort Morgan, October 12th, 1863; engagement at Mobile Point with field bat-



108 COMMANDERS.



terles and riflemen, 1863 ; commanding irnn-clad Nahant, South Atlantic Block-
ading Squadron, 1864-5 ; bombardment of Fort Moultrie, 1864 ; commissioned
as Commander, July 25th, 1866; navigation duty. Navy Yard, Boston, 1866-9.



COMMANDEB, JAMES B. JOUETT.

EoEN in Kentucky. Appointed from Kentucky, September 10th, 1841 ; at-
tached to razee Independence, 1841-3 ; sloop Decatur, Coast of Africa, 1841-5 ;
steamer Princeton, Home Squadron, 1846-7 ; held Point Isabel with sailors
from tbe squadron ; Naval School, 1847 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
August 10th, 1847; frigate St. Lawrence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-50;
store-ship Lexington, Pacific Squadron, 1851-2 ; mail-steamer Illinois, 1853 ;
sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1857 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant, September 15th, 1855 ; steamer Michigan, on the lakes,
1858; steamer N. W. Chapin, Brazil Squadron, and Paraguay Expedition,
1858-9 ; steamer Crusader, Home Squadron, 1860 ; steamer Michigan, on the
lakes, 1861 ; frigate Santee, Western G-ulf Blockading Squadron, 1861-2.

On November 7th, 1861, Lieutenant Jouett commanded a detachment of
sailors and marines from the Santee, who boarded and destroyed the rebel armed
schooner Boy al Yacht, in Gralveston Bay. Lieutenant Jouett had a desperate
hand-to-hand conflict with the commander of the rebel vessel, and received two
severe wounds in the right arm, and right side and lung, from a pike in the
hands of one of the crew of the schooner who came to the assistance of his com-
mander. Lieutenant Jouett received the commendation of his commanding
ofBoer and the thanks of the Department for this achievement.

Commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; steamer Michi-
gan, on the Likes, 1862 ; commanding; steamer B. R. Cuyler, Western Gulf
Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steamer Metacomet, Western Gulf
Blockading Squadron, 1863^; battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864.

Soon after the fleet had passed the forts at the entrance of Mobile Bay, Lieu-
tenant-Commander Jouett was ordered to pursue the three rebel gun boats who
were annoying the fleet by a raking fire. They steamed up the bay, closely
pursued by the Metacomet, and engaged that vessel with their stern guns, of
which they had three each. The Gaines retreated under cover of the fort in a
crippled condition, the Morgan hauled off to starboard, and the Selma struck her
flag to the Metacomet, and was taken possession of by an officer detailed for that
purpose by Lieutenant-Commander Jouett.

Rear-Admiral Farragut, in his official report of the battle of Mobile Bay,
says : " Lieutenant-Commander Jouett's conduct during the whole afikir com-
mands my warmest commendation."

Naval rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Commander, July
25th, 1866; Navy Yard, New York, 1867-8; commanding steamer Michigan,
on the lakes, 1868-9.



COBIMANDER T. SCOTT PILLEBROWN.

BOES in District of Columbia, August 13th, 1824. Appointed from Maine,
October 19th, 1841; attached to frigate Congress, Mediterranean Squadron,



COMMANDERS. 109

1842-5; sloop St. Louis, Home Squadron, 1846-7; was presenh in all the
operatioDS on the Gulf Coast during the Mexican war; Naval School, 1847;
promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ; sloop St. Louis,
Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-51; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1851;
store-ship Lexington, Pacific Squadron, 1851-2 ; sloop Vincennes, North
Pacific Expedition, 1852-6 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieu-
tenant, September 15th, 1855 ; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1857-8 ;
steamer N. P. Chapin, Brazil Squadron, and Paraguay Expedition, 1858-9;
commanding steamer Anacostia, special service, 1859-60 ; steamer Crusader,
Home Squadron, 1860; steam-frigate Roanoke, Atlantic Coast, 1861; com-
missioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; Navy Yard, New York,
1862-3; commanding steam gunboat Chenango, 1863; commanding iron-
clad Passaic operating against Fort Sumpter during May, 1864; commanding
iron-clad Montauk, operating against battery Pringle in the Stono river, S.
C., during July, 1864 ; commanding steamer Sonoma, South Atlantic Blockad-
ing Squadron, 1864-5 ; engagement with rebel batteries on the Tagoda river,
February, 1865; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1866; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 25th, 1866; Hydrographical OflSce, Washington, 1867-8; com-
manding steam-sloop Narragansett, North Atlantic Squadron, 1869 ; at present
on special duty, Washington, D. C.



C0M3IANDER EDWARD E. STONE.

BoEN in G-eorgia, January 26th, 1826. Appointed from Greorgia, October
19th, 1841; attached to frigate Bainbridge, Home Squadron, 1842-4; brig
Perry, East India Squadron, 1854-5; frigate Cumberland, Home Squadron,
during Mexican war; attack on Vera Cruz; Naval School, 1847-8; promoted
to passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847; brig Perry, Coast of Africa,
1848-50 ; sloop Portsmouth, Coast of Africa, 1851 ; Coast Survey, 1852 ;
store-ship Predonia, Pacific Squadron, 1853; Coast Survey, 1854-6; promoted
to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 15th, 1855 ; barque
Resolute, special service, 1857 ; sloop Marion, Coast of Africa, 1858 ; sloop
John Adams, East India Squadron, 1860-1 ; commanding school-ship Macedo-
nian, 1862-3 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; com-
manding steamer Iron- Age, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5.

Engagement with and capture of Fort Anderson ; slightly wounded at Fort
Anderson.

Commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; special duty. New Orleans,
1866-7; commanding steamer Shawmut, Atlantic Squadron, 1867-8; Light-
house Inspector, 1869.



COMMANDER WALTER W. QUEEN.

Born in District of Columbia, October 6th, 1824. Appointed from New
York, October 7th, 1841 ; attached to sloop Marion, West India Squadron,
1841-3; brig Perry, East India Squadron, 1843-5 ; frigate Cumberland, Home
Squadron, during Mexican war.



110 COMMANDERS.

Stationed at Point Isabella during battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma,
May 8th and 9th, 1846 ; attacks on Alvarado, Tampico, Tuspan and Vera Cruz.

Frigate Ohio, Pacific Squadron, 1847 ; Naval School, 1847; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847 ; resigned, 1847, and re-entered the ser-
vice in 1854 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, Septem-
ber 16th, 1855 ; store-ship Relief, Brazil Squadron 1855; steamer Michigan,
on the lakes, 1856 ; East India Squadron, 1857-8 ; receiving-ship, Baltimore,
1859-60 ; steam-sloop Powhatan, special service, 1861.

Attached to Powhatan during the reinforcement of Fort Pickens, Florida,
1861, and served nineteen days on shore at the fort, in charge of the boats of
the fleet.

Commanded second division (seven schooners) of the Mortar flotilla, under
Commander Porter, during the bombardment of Forts Jackson and St. Philip,
and during the attack on Vicksburg, when Flag-Oificer Farragut passed the
batteries with his fleet.

Commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; ordnance duty,
Navy Yard, Washington, 1862-3 ; commanding steam gunboat Wyalusing,
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863^.

Commanded the Wyalusing in the engagement with rebel ram Albemarle and
her consorts, the Bombshell and Cotton-Plant, May 5 th, 1864, when the ram, to
prevent capture, sought refuge in the Roanoke river.

Ordnance duty, Reading, Pa., 1865-6 ; commissioned as Commander, July
25th, 1866; special duty, Hartford, Connecticut, 1867; commanding steani-
, sloop Tuscarora, South Pacific Squadron, 1867-9.



COMMANDER RALPH CHANDLER.

Born in New York. Appointed from New York, September 27th, 1845 ;
Naval School, 1846; attached to razee Independence, flag-ship, Pacific Squad-
ron, 1846-8 ; engaged in two skirmishes near Mazatlan, during Mexican war ;
sloop Vincennes, Pacific Squadron, 1849-50 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
October 6th, 1851 ; Naval Academy, 1852 ; sloop St. Louis, Mediterranean
Squadron, 1853-5; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, Sep-
tember 16th, 1855 ; Coast Survey, 1856-7 ; Survey of the Parana, &c., 1858-9 ;
sloop Vandalia, 1861 ; battle of Port Royal, 1831 ; steam-sloop San Jacinto,
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862 ; engagement with Sewell's Point
battery, and capture of Norfolk, 1862 ; steam-sloop San Jacinto, East Gulf
Blockading Squadron, 1862-3; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July
16th, 1862 ; commanding steamer Huntsville, Bast Gulf Blockading Squadron,
1863-4 ; commanding steam gunboat Maumee, North Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, 1864-5 ; bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher, and capture of
Wilmington, North Carolina; commanding steamer Don, special service,
1866-8; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; ordnance duty, New
York Navy Yard, 1868 ; commanding steamer Talapoosa, special service, 1869.



COMMANDER K. RANDOLPH BREESB.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Rhode Island, November 6th, 1846 •
attached to sloop Saratoga, Home Squadron, 1846-8; frigate Brandywine'



COMMANDERS. Ill

Brazil Squadron, 1849-50 ; Naval Academy, 1852 ; promoted to Passed Blid-
shipman, June 8th, 1852; sloop Macedonian, East India Squadron, 1852-4;
steam-sloop Mississippi, East India Squadron, 1854-5-; promoted to Master,
1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 16th, 1855 ; Coast Survey,
1856-S ; sloop Preble, Brazil Squadron and Paraguay Expedition, 1858-9 ;
sloop Portsmouth, 1861; commanded third division of Mortar flotilla at
bombardment of forts Jackson and St. Philip; commanding second division
in operations before Vicksburg in summer of 1862; commissioned as Lieuten-
ant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanded flag-ship Black Hawk, Missis-
sippi Squadron at Arkansas Post, 1862, and at siege of Vicksburg, 1863 ;
in charge of mortars a short time during the siege ; commanded naval forces at
the feigned attacks on Haines' Blufia, in co-operation with General Sherman,
1863 ; Eed river expedition, 1864 ; Fleet Captain of North Atlantic Blockading
Squadron in both attacks on Fort Fisher ; commanded the naval forces in the
assault on Fort Fisher, and present at the subsequent operations on Cape Fear
river.

Jjieutenant-Commander Breese was associated with Admiral Porter during
the entire war, and repeatedly received the thanks of his commanding officer for
efficiency and zeal in the discharge of his important and responsible duties.
Upon one occasion, General Sherman, in an official report, warmly commended
Lieutenant-Commander Breese for his hearty and effective co-operation in the
combined attack upon Haines' Bluff, Mississippi river.

Naval Academy, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866;
special duty, Hartford, Connecticut, 1867; ordnance duty, Washington,
1858-9 ; at present, under orders to Pacific Squadron.



COMMANDER LEWIS A. KIMBERLY.

Born in New York. Appointed from Illinois, December 8th, 1846 ; sloop
Jamestown, Coast of Africa, 1847-50; frigate Raritan, Pacific Squadron,
1851-2; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 8th, 1852; sloop Dale,
Coast of Africa, 1852-6 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as
Lieutenant, September 15th, 1855 ; receiving-ship, Boston, 1857 ; sloop
Germantown, Bast India Squadron, 1858-00 ; frigate Potomac, store-ship.
Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1861-2 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-
Commander, July 16th, 1863 ; steam-sloop Hartford, flag-ship, Farragut's
Squadron, 1862-4; engagement and passage of Port Hudson batteries; engage-
ment with batteries at Grand Gulf and Warrington, Mississippi river; battle of
Mobile Bay; steam-frigate Colorado, flag-ship European Squadron, 1865-6;
commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; commanding receiving-ship,
New York, 1867-9.



COMMANDER GEORGE U. MORRIS.

BoEN in Massachusetts. Appointed from New York, August 14th, 1846 ;
attached to sloop Albany, Home Squadron, during Mexican war; stationed in
Naval battery at Vera Cruz ; present at Tuspan and Tobasco ; razee Independ-
ence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-51 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,



112 COMMANDEES.

June 8th, 1852 ; brig Dolphin, special service, 1853 ; sloop Decatur, Pacific
Squadron, 1854-7 ; Indian battle, at Seattle, Washington Territory, 1856 ; sloop
Cy^ne, Pacific Squadron, 1859-60 ; sloop Cumberland, North Atlantic Block-
ading Squadron, 1861-2.

On the 8th of March, 1862, the rebel iron-clad ram Merrimack came down
the Elizabeth river, accompanied by several smaller steamers, two of them par-
tially armored, to attack the vessels of the blockading squadron that were in and
about Hampton Roads. When the Merrimac and her attendants made their
appearance, the Congress and the Cumberland, two sailing vessels, were
anchored off Newport News, and the remaining vessels were in the vicinity of
Fortress Monroe, some six miles distant. Captain Radford, the commanding
officer of the Cumberland, being absent on duty, Lieutenant Morris, the Execu-
tive Officer, was temporarily in command of the vessel.

The Congress, being nearest to the Merrimack, was the first to receive her
fire, which was promptly returned by a full broadside, the shots falling appar-
ently harmlessly off from the armored side of the assailant. Passing by the
Congress, the Blerrimac dashed upon the Cumberland, and was received by her
with a heavy, well-directed and vigorous fire, which, like that of the Congress,
produced, unfortunately, but little effect. A contest so unequal could not be of
long continuance, and it was closed when the Merrimack, availing herself of her
power as a steam-ram, ran furiously against the Cumberland, laying open her
wooden hull, and causing her almost immediately to sink. As her guns
approached the water's edge, her young Commander, Lieutenant Morris, and
the gallant crew, stood firm at their posts, delivered a parting fire, and the good
ship went down heroically with her colors flying. Many of the officers and
crew were enabled to reach the shore, which was close at hand, but a large num-
ber perished with the ship.

Commanding steam gunboat Port Royal, North Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, 1862 j engagement with nine-gun battery on James river. May
8th, 1862 ; fort Darfing, May 15th, 1862 ; wounded in the leg by
miunie ball, at Fort Darling; Malvern Hill, August 8th, 1862 j com-
missioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steam
gunboat Port Royal, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-4 ; engage-
ment with Fort Powell, at Grant's Pass, February, 1864; commanding
steam gunboat Shawmut, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5; steam-
sloop Broklyn, South Atlantic Squadron, 18G6; commissioned as Commander,
July 25th, 1866.



COMMANDER BANCROFT GHERARDI.



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