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to her guns, and the Naugatuck, better known as the Stevens' battery, having
burst her rifle gun at the first fire, were rendered useless, so far as the fort was
concerned ; although both vessels did good service during the action by station-
ing their crews as sharpshooters and picking off the rebel riflemen, who greatly
annoyed the crews of the wooden vessels.

The armor of the Galena did not prove of any service to her. She was hit
one hundred and twenty-nine times, losing in killed and wounded two-thirds of
her crew. The Aroostook and Port-Royal suffered to a less esteut.

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862.

In 1863 Captain Rodgers was ordered to the comman'd of the monitor Wee-
hawken, and sailed from New York in that vessel for the South Atlantic Block-
ading Squadron. On his way South, and while off the Delaware Breakwater,
he encountered a heavy gale. He was urged to run in, and remain until the
storm abated. This he declined to do, saying he wished to test the sea-going
qualities of the monitors. The Weehawken rode out the gale, and reached
Port-Royal in safety.

On the 17th of June, 1863, in Warsaw Sound, Georgia, Captain Rodgers, in
the Weehawken, encountered the powerful rebel iron-clad Atlanta, a vessel of
much greater tonnage than the Weehawken. So confident were the rebels of a
speedy victory, that the Atlanta was accompanied from Savannah to the scene
of action by boats freighted with gay parties eager to witness the triumph of
their vessel. Five shots were fired by the Weehawken. The fight lasted but
fifteen minutes, at the end of which time the Atlanta surrendered. An impor-
tant feature of this conflict was the final settlement of the dispute as to the
value of the new fifteen-inch gun, which fully proved its merit.

Commissioned as Commodore the 17th June, 1863 ; commanding iron-clad
Dictator, special service, 1864-65; commanded monitor Monadnock, 1806-67,
and in that vessel made the passage around the Horn to San Francisco. Com-
modore Rodgers touched at Valparaiso, and witnessed the bombardment of that
place by the Spanish fleet.

Commanding Navy Yard, Boston, 1837-69. Now under orders to command
the Asiatic squadron.



COMMODORE JOHN A. WINSLOW.

BOEN in North Carolina, November 9th, 1811; appointed Midshipman from
same State, February 1st, 1827; attached to sloop-of-war Falmouth, West India
Squadron, 1829-31; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 10th 1833 ■ Navv
Yard, Boston, 1834; Brazil Squadron, 1835-37. ' '



OOMMODOEES. 29

Commissioned as Lieutenant, December 9th, 1839 ; steamer Missouri, Home
Squadron, 1840-43; frigate Cumberland, Home Squadron, 1845-46. While
attached to the Cumberland, Lieutenant Winslow was present at the attack on To-
basco, and engaged in various skirmishes from Rio Grande River down the coast;
Navy Yard, Boston, 1848-49 ; attached to frigate St. Lawrence, Pacific Squad-
ron, 1852-55.

Commissioned as Commander, September 14th, 1855 ; commanding rendezvous
Boston, 1856-58; Light-house Inspector, 1860-61; Mississippi Flotilla, 1861-62 ;
present at Fort Pillow, 1862, and engaged in various attacks and skirmishes
with guerillas, in command of an expedition up White River, for the relief of
G-eneral Curtis' army, in June, 1862.

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding Kearsarge, special
service, 1863-64.

At 10.20 A. M., on Sunday, June 10th, 1864, the Kearsarge, while off the
port of Cherbourg, France, discovered the piratical steamer Alabama, accom-
panied by the English yacht Deerhound, standing out. Captain Winslow at
once cleared his ship for action, and when the Alabama had reached the distance
of seven miles from the shore, and was about nine hundred yards from the
Kearsarge, the engagement commenced.

Captain Winslow, fearing that his opponent would, in case of injury, steam in
within the line of jurisdiction for protection, determined to run under her stern
and rake. To avoid this, Semmes, the commander of the Alabama, sheered,
and keeping broadside on to the Kearsarge, was forced into a circular track ;
at the seventh rotation, the Alabama was disabled, and headed for the shore,
another sbot brought down the rebel flag, and a white one was run up; at 12.10
an officer from the Alabama came along side the Kearsarge and surrendered his
vessel, which was reported in a sinking condition, and at 12.30 P. M., the Ala-
bama went down. Capt. Semmes escaped to the shore in the English yacht
Deerhound, as did many of his officers and men. The remainder were picked
up by the boats of the Kearsarge and taken on board that vessel. Three of the
crew of the Kearsarge were wounded. The total number of killed and wounded
on the Alabama has never been given. Seventeen of her wounded men were
picked up by the boats of the victorious vessel.

The battery of the Kearsarge consisted of seven guns ; two eleven-inch, Dahl-
gren, one 30-pounder rifle, and four light 32-pounders. That of the Alabama
consisted of eight guns, one heavy 68-pounder, of 9000 pounds weight ; one
100-pounder rifle, and six heavy 32-pounders.

For this gallant action, the only sea fight of the war, Captain Winslow was
promoted to the grade of Commodore, his commission dating June 19th, 1864.
In 1866, Commodore Winslow was ordered to the command of theGrulf Squad-
ron, which he retained until 1867; at present, Commandant of the Navy Yard,
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.



COMMODORE SAMUEL PHILLIPS LEE.

Born in Virginia, February 13th, 1812. Appointed Midshipman from his
native State, Nov. 22d, 1825; attached to frigate Java, Mediterranean Squad-
ron, 1828-32 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 10th, 1833 ; frigate
Brandywine, Pacific Squadron, 1834-35, and to sloop Vincennes, same Squad-
ron, 1836-37.



30 COMMODORES.

Commissioned as Lieutenant, February 9tli, 1837; attached to West India
Squadron, 1889-42; Coast Survey, 1841^4 ; Pensacola Navy Yard, 1845-46 ;
Coast Survey, 1847-51 ; commanding brig Dolphin, special service, 1852 ; Hy-
drographical duty, 1852-54 ; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1855.

Commissioned as Commander, Sept. 14th, 1855 ; special service, 1856-60.

In 1861 Commander Lee was ordered to command the sloop-of-war Oneida, and
in that vessel took part in the attack and passage of Forts Jackson and St.
Philip, and the various battles on the Mississippi from New Orleans to Vioks-
burg ; winning a high reputation for gallantry and devotion to duty.

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862, and ordered to the command of
the N. A. B. Squadron, with the rank of Acting Rear Admiral. While in
command of the N. A. B. Squadron, he greatly harassed the enemy by numer-
ous expeditions up the navigable streams within the limits of his squadron.
He was at all times ready to co-operate with the army, and on more than one
occasion the presence of his vessels saved the military forces from serious disas-
ter. Wilmington, N. C, was the most difficult port on the coast to blockade,
but Acting Rear Admiral Lee, by a wise distribution of the vessels of his squad-
ron, made the blockade as eflfeotive as it was possible to make it. In the sum-
mer of 1§64, Acting Rear Admiral Lee, was transferred to the command of the
Mississippi Squadron. In December of the same year, he rendered good service to
the country, by keeping open the Cumberland river at the time Hood's army was
advancing on Nashville, and when the safety of the army under General Thomas
depended in a great measure upon reinforcements and supplies reaching them
promptly; the rail road communication between Louisville and Nashville having
been interrupted, the Cumberland river was the only channel of commu-
nication.

During this campaign. Admiral Lee was several times under fire, and for his
services received a vote of thanks from Congress.

In 1865, the Mississippi Squadron was disbanded and most of the vessels
sold, Captain Lee being ordered East.

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866; in 1866-7, Commodore Lee
was President of the Board to examine volunteer officers for admission into the
regular Navy; at present, on special duty at Washington, D. C.



COMMODORE OLIVER S. GLISSON.

Born in Ohio. Appointed Midshipman from Indiana, November 1st, 1826 ;
attached to sloop-of-war Erie, West India Squadron, 1829-32; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, June 4th, 1831 ; attached to frigate Delaware, Mediter-
ranean Squadron, 1832-35 ; Navy Yard, Norfolk, 1836 ; commissioned as Lieu-
tenant, February 9, 1837 ; rendezvous, Norfolk, 1837-38 ; sloop Fairfield,
Brazil Squadron, 1839-42 ; sloop Marion, West India Squadron, 1843-44; sloop
Saratoga, Brazil Squadron, 1845-46 ; commanding schooner Reefer, Home
Squadron, 1847 ; Navy Yard, Norfolk, 1848-50 ; special duty, 1851-52 ; steam
frigate Powhatan, East India Squadron, 1853-55.

Commissioned as Commander, September 14th, 1855 ; commanding store-ship
John P. Kennedy, East India Squadron, 1856; Naval Asylumn, Philadelphia,
1857-60 -^ commanding steamer Mount Vernon, N. A. B. Squadron, 1861 ; com-
missioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam sloop Iroquois,
Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862 ; commanding steam sloop Mohican,



COMMODOEES. 31

special service, 1863-4 j commanding steamer Santiago de Cuba, 1864-5 ; pre-
sent at the two attacks on Fort Fisher, December, 1864, and January, 1865.

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866; commanding Naval Station,
League Island, Pennsylvania, 1868-9.



COMMODORE MELANCTHON SMITH.

Born in New York, May 24th, 1810. Appointed Midshipman from same
State, March 1st, 1826; attached to schooner Dolphin, Pacific Squadron,
1827-29 ; sloop Vincennes, Pacific Squadron, 1830-31 ; promoted to Passed
Midshipman, April 28th, 1832; attached to sloop-of-war St. Louis, West India
Squadron, 1833; schooner Porpoise, West India Squadron, 1834-35; Navy
Yard, New York, 1836.

Commissioned as Lieutenant, March 8th, 1837; Navy Yard, New York,
1836-37; sloop Natchez, West India Squadron, 1837-38 ; attached to steamer
Poinsett, coast of Florida, during the Florida war; attached to sloop Fairfield,
Mediterranean Squadron, 1841-43; sloop Vandalia, Home Squadron, 1845;
attached to steamer Colonel Harney, 1846; Pensacola Navy Yard, 1847; frigate
Constitution, Mediterranean Squadron, 1848-51 ; waiting orders, 1852-54.

Commissioned as Commander, September 14th, 1855 ; Light-house Inspector,
1856-60; commanding steamer Massachusetts, 1861; engaged with rebel
steamer F'lorida, Mississippi Sound, October 26th, 1861 ; in 1862, commanding
steam-sloop Mississippi, in which vessel he passed Forts Jackson and St. Philip,
April 24th, 1862.

Flag Officer Farragut, in his official report, says : " Just as the scene appeared
to be closing, thtj ram Manassas was seen coming up, under full speed, to attack
•us. I directed Captain Smith in the Blississippi to turn and run her down. The
order was instantly obeyed by the Mississippi turning and going at her at full
speed. Just as we expected to see the ram annihilated, when within fifty yards
of each other, she had put her helm hard aport, dodged the Mississippi, and
ran ashore. The Mississippi poured two broadsides into her, and sent her drift-
ing down the river, a total wreck. Thus closed our morning's fight."

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862. Captain Smith remained in the
Mississippi, taking part in all engagements of the squadron, until March 14th,
1863, when, in attempting the passage of the batteries at Port Hudson, the
Blississippi grounded, and heeled over to port. Every efiFort was made to get
the vessel off, but without avail ; and the enemy, having obtained the exact range
of the ship, were hulling her at almost every shot, when Captain Smith gave
orders to fire her, which was done in four dificrent places aft, between decks.
When the flames had gained sufficient headway to render the destruction of
his vessel certain, he gave orders to abandon her, which was done quietly and
.without confusion. Captain Smith being the last man to leave.

By his cool and courageous bearing in the trying situation in which he was
placed. Captain Smith won the admiration of all, and his course was approved
by both Rear Admiral Farragut and the Department,

Commanding steam-sloop Onondaga, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron,
1864 ; engaged with rebel ram Albemarle, in Albemarle Sound, and capture of
steamer Bombshell, May 5th, 1864 ; commanded the frigate Wabash in two
attacks on Fort Fisher— the first, December 24th and 25th, 1864; the second.



32 COMMODORES.

January 14tli, 15tli, and 16th, 1865 ; Navy Yard, Washington, D. C, 1866.

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866.

In 1866, Commodore Smith was appointed Chief of the JBureau of Equipment
and Recruiting, Navy Department.



COMMODORE CHARLES S. BOGGS.

Born in New Jersey, January 28th, 1811. Appointed Midshipman from
the same State November 1st, 1826; attached to sloop-of-war Warren, Mediter-
ranean Squadron, 1829-32 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, April 28th, 1832 ;
receiving-ship at New York, 1832-35 ; rendezvous, New York, 1836.

Commissioned as Lieutenant, September 6th, 1837. Sloop Saratoga, coast of
Africa, 1840-43. Was an active participant in the burning of five villages on
the coast ; Home Squadron, 1846-47 ; present at the siege of Vera Cruz ; com-
manded the boat expedition from the Princeton that destroyed the U. S. brig
Truxton after her surrender to the Mexicans ; receiving-ship at New York,
1848-51; Navy Yard, New York, 1852-54; Inspector, etc.. New York, 1855.^

Commissioned as Commander, September 14th, 1855 ; commanding mail
steamer Illinois, 1856-58; Light-house Inspector, 1860-61; commanded sloop-
of-war Varuna, at the passage of forts Jackson and St. Philip, April 24th,
1862.

The Varuna was the only one pf Farragut's squadron lost at the battle of New
Orleans. She was attacked by two of the rebel rams and badly damaged, and
her Commander finding his vessel sinking, ran her into the bank and made fast
to the trees. Captain Boggs fought his vessel gallantly to the last.

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 186"2 ; commanding steam sloop Juni-
ata, 1863 ; special duty. New York, 1864-68.

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steamer De
Sota, North Atlantic Squadron, 1867-68 ; special duty, 1869.



COMBIODORE HENRY WALKE.



Born in Virginia, December 24th, 1809. Appointed Midshipman from Ohio,
February 1st, 1827 ; attached to frigate Delaware, Jlediterranean Squadron,
1828-31 ; Naval School, Norfolk, 1832—3 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 10th, 1833 ; attached to receiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1835-6 ; ship-of-the-
line North Carolina, Pacific Squadron, 1837-9.

Commissioned as Lieutenant, December 9th, 1839 ; receiving-ship. New
York, 1840-2 ; sloop Boston, East India Squadron, 1842-4 ; brig Bainbridge,
Brazil Squadron, 1845 ; Home Squadron, 1847 ; present at capture of Tobasco»
and Tuspan, 1847 ; frigate Cumberland, Jlediterranean Squadron, 1848-51 ;
receiving-ship. New York, 1852-^ ; commissioned as Commander, September
14th, 1855; commanding store-ship Supply, 1860-61.

In 1861, Commander Walke was ordered to the Mississippi Flotilla, and com-
manded the Carondolet at the battle of Belmont, November 7th, 1861, and the
battles of Fort Henry, February 6th, 1862, and Fort Donaldson, February 13th,
14th and 16th, 1862 ; battle of Island No. 10, March 17th, 1862; passed rebel



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batteries at Island No. 10, April 4tli, 1862; captured rebel batteries opposite
Point Pleasant, and spiked the guns, April 6th, 1862 ; battle of Fort Pillow,
May 11th, 1862 ; battle 'of Memphis, June 6, 1862; engagement between the
Carondolet and rebel ram Arkansas ; Yazoo River, July 15th, 1862.

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862.

Passed rebel batteries at Vicksburg, April 16, 1863; battle of Grand Gulf,
April 29th, 1863 ; dispersed the rebel force under General Taylor from Simms-
port, Atchafalaya. River, June 4th, 1863 ; commanding steam-sloop Sacramento,
special service, 1864-5.

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866.

In 1868, Commodore Walke was ordered to the command of the Naval Station
at Mound City, Illinois.



COMMODORE THORNTON A. JENKINS.

Born in Virginia, December 11th, 1811. Appointed Midshipman from the
same State, November 1st, 1828 ; attached to sloop-of-war Natchez, Westlndia
Squadron, 1830-31; sloop Vandalia, West India .Squadron, 1832-33; promoted
to Passed Midshipman, June 14th, 1834 ; Coast Survey, 1836-41 ; commissioned
as Lieutenant, December 9th, 1839 ; attached to frigate Congress, Brazil Squad-
ron, 1842—45 ; present at capture of Buenos Ayrean Squadron off Montevideo,
September 29th, 1844; special service, 1846. Commanding store-ship Relief,
Home Squadron, 1847. Present at Tuspan and Tobasco; Coast Survey, 1848-
52 ; Secretary of Light-house Board, 1853-58 ; commissioned as Commander,
September 14th, 1855; commanding sloop Preble, Brazil Squadron, and Para-
guay Expedition, 1859-60 ; Secretaj-y of Light-house Board, 1861; commis-
sioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam-sloop Wachusett, 1862 ;
senior officer present at repulse of the rebels at Coggens' Point, James River,
and at the attack of the enemy on the flotilla, ofif City Point, James River,
August, 1862; commanding steam-sloop Oneida, Western Gulf Blockading
Squadron, in the fall of 1862, and present as Fleet Captain of Farragut's
squadron at passage of Port Hudson, March 14th, 1863, Grand Gulf Batteries,
March 19th, 1863; Warrenton, March 21st, 23d, 25th and 28th, 1863; Grand
Gulf, March 30th, 1863, and attack on Port Hudson, May 24th, 27th and 28th,
1863 ; eummanding steam-sloop Richmond, at surrender of Port Hudson, July
9th, 1863, and at the battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864. Admiral Fara-
gut, in his detailed report of the affair, thus speaks of Captain Jenkins : " Be-
fore closing this report, there is one other officer of my squadron of whom I
feel bound to speak, Captain T. A. Jenkins, of the Richmond, who was formerly
my chief of staff, not because of his having held that position, but because he
never forgets to do his duty to the government, and takes now the same interest
in the fleet as when he stood in that relation to me. He is also commanding
officer of the second division of my squadron, and, as such, has shown ability
and the most untiring zeal. He carries out the spirit of one of Lord Colling-
wood's best sayings — ' Not to be afraid of doing too much; those who are, sel-
dom do as much as they ought.' When in Pensacola, he spent days on the bar,
placing buoys in the best position, was always looking after the interests of the
service, and keeping the vessels from being detained in port one moment more
than necessary. The gallant Craven told me only the night before the action
in which he lost his life, ' I regret, Admiral, that I have detained you ; but
had it not been for Captain Jenkins, God knows when I should have been here.
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34 COMMODORES.

When your order came I had not received an ounce of coal.' I feel that I
should not be doing my duty if I did not call the attention of the Department
to an officer who has performed all his various duties with so much zeal and
fidelity."

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866. In 1866, Commodore Jen-
kins was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Navigation and Detail^ and held that
position until 1869. At present, Secretary of Light-house Board.



COMMODOKE JOHN B. MARCHAND.

Born in Pennsylvania, August 27, 1808. Appointed Midshipman, from
same State, May 1st, 1828 ; attached to sloop-of-war Ontario, Mediterranean
Squadron, 1830-32 ; Naval School, Norfolk, 1833 ; promoted to Passed Mid-
shipman, 1834; frigate Potomac, Mediterranean Squadron, 1835-7; sloop
John Adams, Mediterranean Squadron, 1837-8 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
January 29, 1840; from August, 1841, to August, 1842, Lieutenant Mar-
chand was in command of the United States Steamer Van Buren, and was ope-
rating with his crew, in canoes, in the everglades of Florida against the hostile
Seminole Indians ; brig Bainbridge, Home Squadron, 1843 ; frigate Brandy-
wine, East India Squadron, 1844-5 ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1846 ; Home
Squadron, 1847 ; engaged in bombardment of Vera Cruz, and participated in
the attack upon and capture of Tuspan, 1847 ; attached to sloop St. Marys,
East India Squadron, 1848-50 ; rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1851-2 ; frigate
Cumberland, Mediterranean Squadron, 1853-5; commissioned as Commander,
September 14th, 1855; Bureau of Construction, Navy Department, 1S56-8;
commanding steamer Memphis, Paraguay Expedition, 1859-60 ; Light-House
Inspector, 1861 ; commanding steamer James Adger, South Atlantic Block-
ading Squadron, 1862 ; participated in the capture of Fernandina, March,
1862 ; slightly wounded on the 16th of March, 1862, by a rifle ball from the
enemy while reconnoitering in the Stono River ; commissioned as Captain,
July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam-sloop Lackawanna, Western Gulf Block-
ading Squadron, 1863-4'; commanded the Lackawanna, battle of Mobile Bay,
and assisted to capture the rebel ram Tennessee, August 5, 1864 ; special duty,
1865 ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1866 ; commissioned as Commodore, July 25,
1866; special duty, Hartford, Connecticut, 1867; special duty, 1868; at pre-
sent. Commandant Navy Yard, Philadelphia.



COMMODORE WILLIAM ROGERS TAYLOR.

Born in Rhode Island, November 7th, 1811. Appointed Midshipman from
same State, April 1st, 1828 ; attached to sloop St. Louis, Pacific Squadron
1829-32 ; Naval School, New York, 1833-4.

Promoted to Passed Midshipman, 1834; receiving-ship. New York, 1835;
sloop Peacock, East India Squadron, 1836-8.

When the sloop Peacock ran ashore on the Island of Madeira, in 1836,
Passed Midshipman Taylor was sent to Muscat, in command of a cutter, to coa
vey the diplomatic agent, Edmund Roberts, Esq., to that place, with some rati-



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fied treaties wliicli lie was charo;ed to exchange. It was a sea voyage of five
dajs' duration, attended with eonsiderable peril, from bad weather and the Arab
pirates, some of whom chased them ^for several hours. The Arabian sloop-of-
war Sultana was sent to render assistance to the Peacock.

Commissioned as Lieutenant, February 10th, 1840 ; brig Oregon, survey of
Tampa Bay, 1842-3 ; sloop St. Marys, Home Squadron, during Mexican war;
engaged at Tampioo Bar, June 8th and June 15th, 1846 ; present at siege of
Vera Cruz, and commanded an eight-inch gun in the Naval Battery ; Naval
Asylum, Philadelphia, 1848-50 ; sloop Albany, Home Squadron, 1851-2 ;
ordnance duty, 1853-5 ; commissioned as Commander, September 14th, 1855 ;
ordnance duty, 1857-9 ; ordnance duty, Washington, D. C, 1861; commis-
sioned as Captain, July 16, 1862 ; commanding steam sloop-of-war Housatonic,
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862-3.

Senior officer off Charleston, at time of unsuccessful attack upon the blockad-
ing vessels by rebel rams Chocura and Palmetto ; present as Fleet Captain with
Admiral Dahlgren, during all the operations against Morris Island, from July
10th to 19th, 1853, and was in battle with Forts Wagner and Sumpter, on
board the monitor Catskill on the 10th, and again on board the monitor Montauk,
on the 18th July, 1863 ; commanded steam-sloop Juniata, North Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1864-5, and was present upon both attacks upon Fort
Fisher.

Commissioned as Commodore, July 25th, 1866 ; ordnance duty 1866-7.

At present, commanding Northern Squadron, Pacific Fleet.



COMMODOKB BENJAMIN F. SANDS.

Born in Maryland, February 11th, 1812. Appointed Midshipman, from
Kentucky, April Ist, 1828 ; attached to sloop Vandalia, Brazil Squadron,
1830-32; sloop St. Louis, West India Squadron, 1833-34.

Promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 14th, 1834; Coast Survey, 1836-41.

Commissioned as Lieutenant, March 16th, 1840; frigate Columbus, Mediter-
ranean Squadron, 1842-44; special duty, 1845; Naval Observatory, 1846;
Home Squadron, 1847 ; Passage up Tobasco river, and Tobasco, June 15th,
1847 ; sloop Yorktown, coast of Africa, 1848-50 ; Coast Survey, 1851-58.

Commissioned as Commander, September 14th, 1855 ; Bureau of Construc-
tion, 1859-60; commanding Coast Survey steamer Active, 1861-62.

Commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam-sloop Daco-
tah. North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; engagement with Fort Caswell,
February 23d, 1863 ; commanding steamer Fort Jackson, North Atlantic Block-
ading Squadron, 1864-65 ; present at both attacks upon Fort Fisher; on block-
ade of Wilmington from November, 1862, to February, 1865; blockade of Gal-
veston from February to July, 1865.



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