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Born in Louisiana, November 10th, 1832. Appointed from Massachusetts,
June 29th, 1846 ; attached to frigate Ohio, Pacific Squadron, 1846-50; steam-
sloop Saranao, Home Squadron, 1850-1 ; Naval Academy, 1852 ; promoted to
Passed^ Midshipman, June 8th, 1852; sloop St. Louis, Mediterranean Squadron,
185-3-5 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September
16th, 1855 ; sloop Saratoga, Home Squadron, 1856-8 ; rendezvous, Boston,
1859; steam-sloop Lancaster, Pacific Squadron, 1861-2; commissioned as
Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; South Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1862; engagement with Fort Maeon, 1862 ; steam-sloop Mohican, special ser-
vice, 1863 ; commanding steam gunboat Chocura, Western Gulf Blockading



COMMANDERS. 113

Squadron, 1863-4; commanding steamer Port Royal, Western Gulf Blockading
Squadron, 1864 ; battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864 ; commanding steamer
Pequot, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 25th, 1866 ; rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1866-7 ; navigation duty.
Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1868-9.



COMBIANDER DANIEL L. BRAINE.-

Born in New York, May 19th, 1829. Appointed from Texas, May 30th,
1846 ; Home Squadron during Mexican war ; at Alvarado, Tobasco, Tuspan,
Laguna, Tampico, and Vera Cruz ; sloop John Adams, Home Squadron, 1848 ;
sloop St. Marys, East India Squadron, 1849-50 ; steam-sloop Saranac, Home
Squadron, 1850-1; Naval Academy, 1852; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 8th, 1852 ; sloop St. Louis, Mediterranean Squadron, 1853-5 ; promoted
to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 15th, 1858 ; Coast
Survey, 1856-7; sloop Vincennes, Coast of Africa, 1858-60; commanding
steamer Monticello, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861-2 ; engage-
ment with rebel battery of five guns at Sewell's Point, Va., May 19th, 1862 ;
attack and capture efforts Hatteras and Clarke, October 5th,.186L

Engaged the enemy at Kimmekerk woods, above Cape Hatteras, exchanged
shots with their gunboats, and dispersed with effect two regiments of infantry,
sinking two barges and rescuing the Twentieth Indiana Regiment, who were
surrounded by rebels. On November, 1861, engaged and silenced a two-gun
battery at Federal Point, N. C, and dismounted one of the guns.

Commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 15th, 1862 ; in 1862^,
numerous engagements with forts Caswell and Fisher ; while on blockading duty
in command of Monticello, Vicksburg, and Pequot ; commanded the Pequot in
the attacks upon Fort Fisher, and also in the attacks upon Fort Anderson, and
three forts on Cape Fear river, as the fleet advanced up that river to Wilming-
ton, N. C. ; ordnance duty. Navy Yard, New York, 1866—7 ; commissioned as
Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steam-sloop Hartford, flag-ship
Asiatic Squadron, 1867-8 ; equipment duty. Navy- Yard, New York, 1869.



COMMANDER GEORGE E. BELKNAP.

Born in New Hampshire. Appointed from same State, October 7th, 1847 ;
attached to brig Porpoise, Coast of Africa, 1847-50 ; frigate Raritan, Pacific
Squadron, 1851-3 ; Naval Academy, 1853 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 10th, 1853 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, Sep-
tember 16th, 1855; sloop Falmouth, Home Squadron, 1854-5 ; receiving-ship,
Boston, 1856; sloop Portsmouth, East India Squadron, 1856-8; commanded a
launch at the capture of the Barrier Forts, Canton river, China, November,
1856; sloop St. Louis, Home Squadron, 1859-61 ; commanded the boats of the
St. Louis at reinforcement of Port Pickens, April, 1861 ; gunboat Huron, South
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861-2 ; expedition against Fernandina, St.
Johns, St. Augustine, &c. ; iron-clad steamer New Ironsides, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1863-4 j several engagements with defences of Charles-



114 COMMANDEKS.



ton harbor ; commanded steam gunboat Seneca, North Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, 1864 ; commanded iron-clad Canonicus ia action with the Hewlett
House battery ,,Peoember 6th, 1864, and at Fort Fisher, December, 1864, and
January, 1865 ; steam-sloop Shenandoah, Asiatic Squadron, 1866-7 ; commis-
sioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 j commanding steam-sloop Hartford,
flag-ship Asiatic Squadron, 1868 ; navigation duty, Navy Yard, Boston, 1869.



COMMANDER EDWARD P. WILLIAMS.

Born in Maine. Appointed from Maine, September 9th, 1847 ; attached to
sloop St. Marys, East India Squadron, 1847-50 ; sloop Plymouth, 1851 ;
steam-sloop Saranac, Home Squadron, 1851-2 ; Naval Academy, 1853 ; pro-
moted to Passed Midshipman, June 10th, 1853 ; sloop Dale, Coast of Africa,
1854-5; promoted to Blaster, 1855; commissioned as Lieutenant, September
16th, 1855 ; sloop Jamestown, Coast of Africa, 1856-7 ; reoeiving-ship, Boston,
1858; brig Dolphin, Brazil Squadron and Paraguay Expedition, 1858-60;
steam-sloop Mississippi, 1861 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July
16th, 18G2 ; steam gunboat Paul Jones, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1862-3 ; engagement at St. Johns Bluff; expedition up St. Johns river as far
as lake Enterprise, and capture of steamer Governor Morton; engagement with
batteries on Morris Island, and with the rebel ram Chicora, while drawing the
enemy from the wreck of the Keokuk ; night assault on Fort Sumpter ; cap-
tured, and one year a prisoner ; ordnance duty, Boston, 1864-5 ; naval rendez-
vous, Boston, 1866; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; ordnance
duty. Navy Yard, New York, 1867; ordnance duty, Navy Yard, Boston,
1868-9 ; commanding steam-sloop Oneida, Asiatic Squadron, 1869.



COMMANDER DAVID B. HARMONY.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from same State, April 7th, 1847; at-
tached to frigate Brandywine, Brazil Squadron, 1847 ; frigate Ohio, Pacific
Squadron, 1847-8 ; sloop Warren, Pacific Squadron, 1849-50 ; sloop Falmouth,
Pacific Squadron, 1851-2 ; Naval Academy, 1853 ; promoted to Passed Mid-
shipman, June 10th, 1853; store-ship Relief, 1854; promoted to Master, 1855;
commissioned as Lieutenant, September 16th, 1855; receiving-ship, Baltimore,
1856-7 ; sloop Decatur, Pacific Squadron, 1858-60 ; steam-sloop Iroquois,
Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1861-2; bombardment and passage of
forts Jackson and St. Philip, Chalmette batteries, and capture of New Orleans ;
capture of Grand Gulf; both engagements with batteries at Vicksburg ; en-
gagement with rebel ram Arkansas ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Comnjander,
July 16th, 1862 ; iron-clad Nahant, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1862-3 ; attack on defences of Charleston, April 7th, 1863 ; capture of rebel
ram Atlanta, June 17th, 1863 ; bombardment of Morris Island batteries, from
July 10th to August 1st, 1863; commanding steam gunboat Tahoma, East
Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864 ; commanding steam gunboat Sebego, West
Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; capture of Mobile ; Navy Yard, New



COMMANDERS. 115

York, 1866-7; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; commanding
steiimer Frolic, European Squadron, 1867-9 ; Inspector of Supplies, Navy
Yard, New York, 1869.



COMMANDER JOHN IRWIN.

Born in Pennsylvania, April 15th, 1832. Appointed from Pennsylvania,
September 9tli, 1847 ; attached to frigate Cumberland, Home Squadron, 1847-8 ;
frigate St. Lawrence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-50 ; sloop John Adams,
Coast of Africa, 1851-3 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 10th, 1853 ;
steamer Fulton, Home Squadron, 1854-6 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant, September 16th, 1855; Coast Survey, 1857-8; sloop
Savannah, Home Squadron, 1859-60 ; steam-fripate Wabash, flag-ship South
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861-3; capture efforts at Hatteras Inlet; cap-
ture of forts Walker and Beauregard ; in charge of boat howitzers ashore at
battle of Port Royal Ferry, January 1st, 1862; bombardment and capture of
Fort Pulaski ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; ord-
nance duty, Philadelphia, 1864; Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-5;
special duty, Philadelphia, 1866-7; commissioned as Commander, July 25th,
1866; commanding steamer Newborn, North Atlantic Squadron, 1868; com-
manding steamer Gettysburg, North Atlantic Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER JAMES A. GREER.

Born in Ohio. Appointed from Ohio, January 10th, 1848; Naval Academy,
1849; sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1850-2; frigate Columbia, Home
Squadron, 1852-8; Naval Academy, 18.54; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 15th, 1854; razee Independence, Pacific Squadron, 1855-7; promoted to
Master, 1855; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 16th, 1855; Navy Yard,
Norfolk, 1858 ; steamer Southern Star, Brazil Squadron and Paraguay Expedi-
tion, 1858-9; steamer Sumpter, Coast of Africa, 1860-1; commissioned as Lieuten-
ant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; sloop St. Louis, special service, 1862-3 ; Mis-
sissippi Squadron, 1863-4; commanded iron-clad Benton, and a division of
Admiral Porter's Squadron ; passage of Vicksburg, April, 1863 ; engagement at
Grand Gulf, April 29th, 1863; bombardment of Vicksburg batteries during the
siege of forty-five days ; frequently engaged with guerillas ; Naval Academy,
1865-6; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steamer
Mohongn, North Pacific Squadron, 1866-7 ; commanding steam-sloop Tusea-
rora. North Pacific Squadron, 1868 ; ordnance duty, Philadelphia, 1869 ; at
present, on duty at Naval Academy.



COMMANDER ELIAS K. OWEN.

Born in Illinois, November 21st, 1864. Appointed from Illinois, December
7th, 1848; Naval Academy, 1849; razee Independence, Mediterranean Squad-



116 COMMANDERS.

roa, 1849-52 ; sloop Marion, Coast of Africa, 1852—4 ; promoted to Passed
MidsMpmaQ, June 15th, 1854; promoted to Master, 1855; commissioned as
Lieutenant, September 16th^l855; Coast Survey, 1855-7; sloop Jamestown,
Home Squadron, 1858-60; sloop Saratoga, 1861; steamer James Adger,
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861-2; battle of Fort Royal, November
7th, 1861; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; Missis-
sippi Squadron, 1862-4 ; commanded iron-clad Louisville, and a division of Ad-
miral Porter's Squadron.

Engagements at Haines' Bluff, December, 1862, and Arkansas Post, January,
1863; Deer Creek Expedition, March, 1863 ; passage of Vicksburg batteries,
April 11th and 14th, 1863; Grand Gulf, April 29th, 1863; Yazoo River Ex-
pedition, Liverpool Hights, February, 1864 ; Red River Expedition, March
and April, 1864 ; action off Columbia, La., June, 1861.

Receiving-ship, New York, 1865; commissioned as Commander, July 25th,
1866; special duty. Mound City, Illinois, 1866-8; commanding steam-sloop
Seminole, North Atlantic Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER AARON W. WEAVER.

Born in District of Columbia, July 1st, 1832. Appointed from Ohio, May
10th, 1848; attached to sloop St. Louis, Brazil Squadron, 1849-51; frigate
Congress, Brazil Squadron, 1851-3 ; Naval Academy, 1854 ; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, June 15th, 1854; steamer Fulton, Home Squadron,
1854-5 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September
16th, 1855; Coast Survey, 1857; sloop Marion, Coast of Africa, 1857-9;
steam-sloop Susquehanna, Blockading Squadron, 1860-2; capture of forts
Hatteras and Clarke, Port Royal; engagement at Sewell's Point, Virginia, May,
1862; commissiooed as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commandin"'
steam gunboat Winona,Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-4 ; engagement
with rebel batteries, near Port Hudson, December 14th, 1862 ; engagement with
rebel forces, at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, when they attacked Fort Butler and
were repulsed ; commanding steam gunboat Chippewa, North Atlantic Blockad-
ing Squadron, 1864 ; commanding iron-clad Mahopac, at the two attacks on
Fort Fisher, December, 1864 and January, 1865; Navy Yard, Boston, 1866;
commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866; commanding steamer Talapoosa,
Gulf Squadron, 1866-7 ; commanding rendezvous, Washington, 1868 ; Inspec-
tor of Supplies, Navy Yard, Washington, 1869.



COMMANDER JAMES H. GILLIS.

Born in Pennsylvania, May 14th, 1831. Appointed from Pennsylvania,
October 12th, 1848 ; attached to frigate Raritan, Home Squadron, 1849-50 •
sloop Dale, Coast of Africa, 1851-3 ; Naval Academy, 1854; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, June 15tb, 1854; sloop John Adams, Pacific Squadron,
185'4-5 ; promoted to Master, 1855 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, September
17th, 1855; Coast Survey, 1856-7; store-ship Supply, Brazil Squadron
1857-9; steamer Water ;Witch, Home Squadron, 1860; frigate St. Lawrence



COMMANDEES. 117

Atlantic Coast, 1861; sinking of rebel privateer Petrel, July, 1861; steam-
frigate Susquehanna, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862; commissioned
as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer Com.
Morris, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; engagement with, and
capture of, rebel battery at junction of Dawho and South Edisto rivers, S. C,
April, 1862; battle of Jamestown Island, S. C, June, 1862; commanding
steamer Com. Morris, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863-4 ; engage-
ment with rebel battery at Taylor's Landing, Pamunkey river, April 16th,
1863; commanding iron-clad Milwaukee, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron,
1864-5 ; engagement with Spanish Fort, Mobile Bay, March 28th, 1865, at
which time the Milwaukee was sunk by a rebel torpedo ; commanded naval
battery on shore, at the siege of Spanish Fort, after the sinking of the Milwau-
kee, until the fall of that work; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866;
commanding steamer Wateree, South Pacific Squadron, 1867-8; equipment
duty, Washington, 1869.



COMMANDER WILLIAM B. FITZHUGH.

Born in Ohio. Appointed from Ohio, November 20th, 1848 ; attached to
frigate Cumberland, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-51 ; sloop Cyane, Home
Squadron, 1852-3 ; Naval Academy, 1854 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 15th, 1854; sloop John Adams, Pacific Squadron, 1854-5; promoted to
Master, 1855; commissioned as Lieutenant, September 17th, 1855; sloop St.
Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1856-7; sloop Vincennes, Coast of Africa, 1858-60;
steam-sloop Lancaster, Pacific Squadi-on, 1861-2; commissioned as Lieutenant-
Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; steam-sloop Iroquois, North Atlantic Blockad-
ing Squadron, 1862-3 ; Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864 ; was present
at engagement with Fort Morgan, August, 1864 ; commanding steamer Ouachita,
Mississippi Squadron, 1864-5; received the surrender of rebel naval forces on
Red river ; commanding steamer Paul Jones, Gulf Squadron, 1866-7 ; com-
manding receiving-ship, Norfolk, 1868-9.



COMMANDER CHARLES H. CUSHMAN.

Born in Maine, December 6th, 1831. Appointed from Maine, March 24th,
1849; attached to sloop Vandalia, Pacific Squadron, 1849-52; frigate Consti-
tution, Coast of Africa, 1853-4; promoted to Passed Midshipman, 1853; pro-
moted to Master, September 16tb, 1855; Coast Survey, 1856 ; commissioned as
Lieutenant, February 8th, 1856 ; Naval Academy, 1857-8 ; steamer Western-
port, Brazil Squadron and Paraguay Expedition, 1858-9; steamer Water
Witch, Home Squadron, 1860 ; steamer Massachusetts, Western Gulf Blockad-
ing Squadron, 1861.

Engagements with rebel steamers and forts at Ship Island, Louisiana, July
and August, 1861.

Steam gunboat Pembina, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861-2 ;
battle of Port Royal, November 7th, 1861 ; iron-clad Montauk, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1862-3.



118 COMMANDERS.

Attack on defences of Charleston, April 7tli, 1863 ; bombardment of forts
and batteries in Charleston harbor, from July 10th to July 28th, 1863.

Iron-clad Onondaga, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; on picket
duty, James river. May 5th to October 28th, 1864.

Attacks on Fort Fisher, December, 1864, and January, 1865. Lieutenant-
Commander Cushman was in the land assault on Fort Fisher, and was wounded.

Commanding steamer Mahaska, Gulf Squadron, 1866-7 ; commissioned as
Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; Navy Yard, New York, 1868-9 ; Bureau of
Equipment, Navy Department, 1869.



COMMANDEE HENRY A. ADAMS, Je.

BoEN in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Pennsylvania, October 16th, 1849j
Naval Academy, 1849; steam frigate Susquehanna, Eastlndia Squadron, 1851-2;
sloop Jamestown, Brazil Squadron, 1852—4 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
1854; promoted to Master, September 16th, 1855; sloop Levant, Bast India
Squadron, 1856-8 ; engagement with the Barrier Forts, Canton river, China,
1856; commissioned as Lieutenant, May 11th, 1856; steam-sloop Brooklyn,
Home Squadron, 1859-60 ; steam-sloop Brooklyn, Western Gulf Blockading
Squadron, 1861-2; passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip; Chalmette bat-
teries and capture of New Orleans and Vicksburg, July 15th, 1862 ; steam
gunboat Sciota, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; commissioned as
Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; ordnance duty, Philadelphia, 1863 ;
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; two attacks on Fort Fisher,
December, 1864, and January, 1865 ; Fort Anderson and the defences of Cape
Fear river, January and February, 1805 ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1866-8 ;
commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding store-ship Guard,
European Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER GEORGE BROWN.

Born in Indiana, June 19th, 1835. Appointed from Indiana, February 5th,
1849 ; attached to frigate Cumberland, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-52 ;
frigate St. Lawrence, Pacific Squadron, 1852-5 ; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, 1854; promoted to Master, September 17th, 1855; Naval School, 1856;
commissioned as Lieutenant, June 2d, 1856 ; sloop Falmouth, Brazil Squadron,
1856-9 ; steam-sloop Powhatan, special service, 1861 ; Mortar flotilla, 1862 ;
Vicksburg, June 28th, 1862 ; commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander, July
16th, 1862; commanding iron-clad steamer Indianola, Mississippi Squadron,

Passage of Vicksburg and Warrentown, February 14th, 1863 ; action be-
tween Indianola and rebel rams William H. Webb and Queen of the West, and
cotton-clad steamers Dr. Batey and Grand Era, at Upper Palmyra Island, Mis-
sissippi river, February 24th, 1863 ; the engagement lasted one hour and twenty-
seven minutes, and resulted in the surrender of the Indianola, to a force of four
vessels manned by over one thousand men. The loss on the Indianola was one
killed, one wounded (Lieutenant-Commander Brown,) severely, and seven miss-



COMMANDERS 119



ing, while the enemy lost two officers and twenty-three men killed, and many
wounded. Lieutenant-Commander Brown and his officers and crew were taken
prisoners, but were exchanged at Richmond a few months later in the war.

Commanding steam gunboat Itasca, Western Gulf Blockading Squadron,
1864-5.

Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864 ; naval operations in Mobile Bay,
against Spanish Port and defences of city of Mobile, from March 23d to April
14th, 1S65; Navy Yard, Washington, 1866-7 ; commissioned as Commander,
July 25th, 1866.



COMMANDER JAMES W. SHIRK.

Born in Pennsylvania, July 16th, 1832. Appointed from the same State,
March 26th, 1849; attached to sloop John Adams, Coast of Africa, 1849-51;
steam-frigate Mississippi, East India Squadron, 1851—4 ; sloop Plymouth,
Atlantic Coast, 1858 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, 1854 ; promoted to Mas-
ter, September 16th, 1855; sloop Saratoga, Home Squadron, 1856-8; commis-
sioned as Lieutenant, November 6th, 1856 ; steamer Michigan, on the lakes,
1859; sloop Saranac, Pacific Squadron, 1859-60; Mississippi Squadron, 1861 ;
commanding steam gunboat Lexington, at battle of Fort Henry, February 6th,
1862 ; Pittsburg Landing, March 1st, 1862; engagement with rebel batteries at
Eastport, Miss., March 11th, and Chickasaw, Alabama, March 23d, 1862 ;
battle of Shiloh, April 6th and 7th, 1862; St. Charles, White river. June 17th,
1862; Haines' Blutf, December 27th, 1862; Chickasaw Bayou, December 28th,
1862, to January 1st, 1863, inclusive ; Arkansas Post, January lOtli, 1863;
passage of Vicksburg batteries, April 16th, 1863 ; Grand Gulf, April 29th,
1863 ; attack on Vicksburg, May 22d, 1863 ; almost constantly under fire of
the batteries at Vicksburg, from May 19th to June 4th, 1863 ; commissioned
as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862, and commanding iron-clad Tus-
cumbia and a division of the Mississippi Squadron, 1863—4; Navy Yard, Phila-
delphia, 1866-7 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ; steam-
frigate Franklin, European Squadron, 1867-8; special duty, Navy Department,
1869.



COMMANDER JOHN G. WALKER.

Born in New Hampshire. Appointed from Iowa, October 5th, 1850 ; Naval
Academy, 1851 ; attached to sloop Portsmouth, Pacific Squadron, 1851-5 ; Na-
val Academy, 1856 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 20th, 1856 ; sloop
Falmouth, Brazil Squadron, 1856-7 ; frigate St. Lawrence, Brazil Squadron,
1858-9 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, January 23d, 1858-9 ; steamer Connec-
ticut, Atlantic Coast, 1861 ; steam gunboat Winona, West Gulf Blockading
Squadron, 1862 ; passage of forts Jackson and St. Philip, Chalmette batteries,
and capture of New Orleans ; operations against Vicksburg, in summer of 1862,
including the passage of the batteries both ways ; commissioned as Lieutenant-
Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding iron-clad steamer Baron De Kalb,
Mississippi Squadron, 1862-3 ; operations against Vicksburg, winter of 1862-3 ;
two attacks on Haines' Blufi'; engagement at Arkansas Post; Yazoo Pass expe-



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COMMANDERS.



ditionj with the attack on Fort Pemberton; capture of yazoo City, and expedi-
tion up Yazoo river to destroy steamers, having three sharp fights ; commanded
naval battery in 15th army corps at siege of Vicksburg ; commanding steam gun-
boat Saco, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; capture of Wilming-
ton, N. C, and forts, with the exception of Fort Fisher; commanding steamer
Shawmut, Brazil Squadron, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th,
1866 ; Naval Academy, 1866-9 ; commanding frigate Sabine, special service,
1869.



COMMANDER FRANCIS M. RAMSAY.

Born in District of Columbia. Appointed from Pennsylvania, October 5th,
1850 ; Naval Academy, 1850-1 ; attached to frigate St. Lawrence, Pacific
Squadron, 1852-5; Naval Academy, 1856; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
January 20th, 1856 ; sloop Falmouth, Brazil Squadron, 1857 ; steam-frigate
Merrimac, Pacific Squadron, 1857-60 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, January
23d, 1858 ; sloop Saratoga, Coast of Africa, 1860-2 ; commissioned as Lieu-
tenant-Commander, July 16tb, 1862; commanding iron-clad Choctaw and a
division of the Mississippi Squadron, 1863-4; engagements at Haines' Blufij
April 30th and May 1st, 1863 ; Milliken's Bend, June, 1863 ; Vicksburg, June
and July, 1863 ; Liverpool Landing, Trinity, La., March 1st, 1864 ; Red River
Expedition, March, April, and May, 1864 ; Fort De Russy, La., May, 1864;
several engagements with guerillas and field-batteries, on the Mississippi river;
commanding steam gunboat Unadilla, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1864-5 ; two attacks on Fort Fisher ; engagements on Cape Fear river, from
the time of the capture of Fort Fisher to the capture of Wilmington, N. C;
Naval Academy, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Commander, July 25th, 1866 ;
navigation duty. Navy Yard, Washington, 1867 ; Fleet Captain, South Atlantic
Squadron, 1867—8 ; commanding steam-sloop Guerriere, flag-ship South Atlantic
Squadron, 1868-9.



COMMANDER RICHARD L. LAW.

Born in Indiana. Appointed from Indiana, February 17th, 1841 ; attached
to frigate Delaware, Brazil Squadron, 1841-3 ; brig Lawrence, Home Squadron,
1843-5; promoted to Passed Midshipman, August 10th, 1847; brig Perry,
Brazil Squadron, 1847—8; frigate Brandywine, Brazil Squadron, 1849-50;
Coast Survey, 1851-5; commissioned as- Lieutenant, September 14th, 1855:
sloop Constellation, Mediterranean Squadron, 1856-7 ; Naval Academy, 1858-9 •
steam-sloop Hartford, flag-ship East India Squadron, 1859-61 ; commissioned
as Lieutenant-Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer Clifton
Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; three engagements at Galveston,
Texas, one at Laracca, Texas; commanding store-ship New Hampshire, South
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1865-6; commissioned as Commander, Sep-
tember 26th, 1866 ; commanding receiving-ship New Hampshire, Norfolk
1866-7 ; commanding steam gunboat Taoony, North Atlantic Squadron, 1867 '
commanding steamer Suwanee, North Pacific Squadron, 1868 ; commanding
steamer Ashuelot, Asiatic Squadron, 1868-9; commanding steam-sloop Iro-
quois, Asiatic Squadron, 1869.



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COMMANDER SAMUEL R. FRANKLIN.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Pennsylvania, February 18tb, 1841 ;
attached to frigate United States, Pacific Squadron, 18il-3; store-ship Relief,



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