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Home Squadron, 1859-60; commanded steamer Wyandotte, at Pensacola dur-
ing April and May, 1861.

Occupied a position inside of the harbor, in rear of Fort Pickens, to aid in
protecting it from a threatened attack from the rebels, and assisted in towing in
the boats and landing force, composed of sailors and marines, to reinforce ^ort
Pickens.

Commanded steamer Bienville in the N. A. and W. G. Squadrons, from April,
1862 to August 1864, occasionally engaged with, and coming under the fire of
the forts on the coast ; commanded steam-sloop Oneida, during attack on Forts
Morgan and Graines, rebel iron-clad Tennessee and gun-boats. Mobile Bay,
August 5th 1864 ; lost left arm and received flesh-wound in left leg by a shell
from rebel ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864.

Commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; ordnance duty, New York,
1866-8 ; commanding steam-sloop Richmond, European Squadron, 1869.



CAPTAIN C. R. P. RODGERS.

Born November 14th, 1819, in New York. Appointed from Connecticut,
October 5th, 1833 ; attached to frigate Brandywine, Pacific Squadron, 1834-5 ;
sloop Vincennes, Pacific Squadron, 1836 ; Navy Yard, New York, 1837 ; pro-
moted to Passed Midshipman, July 8th, 1837 ; schooner Flirt, Coast of Florida,
1839-40 ; sloop Saratoga, Coast of Africa, 1842-3 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
September 4th, 1844 ; frigate Cumberland, Brazil Squadron, 1844-5 ; Coast
Survey, 1846 ; Home Squadron, 1847 ; present at reduction of Vera Cruz and
capture of Tobasco; Coast Survey, 1850 ; frigate Congress, Brazil Squadron,
1850-1; frigate Constitution, Coast of Africa, 1852-5; (Flag Lieutenant of
squadron;) Coast Survey, 1856-8; steam-frigate Wabash, Mediterranean
Squadron, 1858-9 ; Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, 1859-61 ;
commissioned as Commander, October 18th, 1861 ; commanding steam-frigate
Wabash, flag-ship. South Atlantic Squadron, 1861-2 ; commanded Wabash at
battle of Port-Royal, November, 1861 ; at Fort Pulaski, in command of naval
battery, January 27th, 1862.

In March, 1862, Captain Rodgers commanded a division of an expedition of
gun-boats to St. Augustine, Fernandina, and up the St. Marys river.

Fleet-captain South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steam-
sloop Iroquois, special service, 1864-5 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th,
1866 ; Navy Yard, Norfolk, 1866-8 ; commanding frigate Franklin, flag-ship Eu-
ropean Squadron, 1869.



64 CAPTAINS.

CAPTAIN NAPOLEON COLLINS.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Pennsylvania, January 12th, 1834 j
West India Squadron, 1834-5 ; attached to sloop Natchez, West India Squad-
ron, 1837-8; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1839-40; promoted to Passed Mid-
shipman, July 16th, 1840 ; frigate Constellation, East India Squadron, 1842—4 ;
commissioned as Lieutenant, November 6th, 1846 ; sloop Decatur, Home Squad-
ron 1846-9; at Tuspan and Tobasco, Mexican war; steamer Michigan, on the
lakes, 1850-3 ; commanding store-ship John P. Kennedy, North Pacific Expe-
dition, 1853-4; steam-frigate Susquehanna, East India Squadron, 1854-5;
Navy Yard, Mare Island, California, 1856-7; sloop John Adams, Pacific
Squadron, 1857-8; steamer Michigan, on the lakes, 1858-60; commanding
steamer Anacosta, Potomac flotilla, 1861; engagement at Acquia Creek, May
31st and June 1st, 1861; commanding gun-boat Unadilla, S. A. B. Squadron,
1861-2 ; battle of Port Royal, November 7th, 1862 ; various expeditions on the
coasts of South Carolina, Greorgia and Florida, 1861-2 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer Octorara, West India Squadron,
1863 ; commanding steam-sloop Wachusett, special service, 1863—4.

On the 7th of October, 1864, Commander Collins, then in the Wachusett,
seized the rebel steamer Florida, lying within the harbor of Bahia, Brazil.
The capture was effected without loss of life.

Commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steam-sloop Sacra-
mento, special service, 1867.



CAPTAIN REED WERDEN.

Born in Pennsylvania, 1818. Appointed from Ohio, January 9th, 1834;
attached to schooner Enterprise, Brazil Squadron, 1835 ; sloop Ontario, Brazil
Squadron, 1836; sloop Erie, Brazil Squadron, 1837-8 ; Naval School, Phila-
delphia, 1839 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 16th, 1840 ; West India
Squadron, 1842-4 ; receiving-ship. New York, 1844-5 ; sloop Germantown,
Home Squadron, 1846-7 ; commanded a party of seamen on shore at the capture
of Tuspan; commissioned as Lieutenant, February 27th, 1847; receiving-ship,
Boston, 1848; sloop Vandalia, Pacific Squadron, 1849-52 ; rendezvous, Balti-
more, 1853; sloop Albany, Home Squadron, 1854; special service, 1855-6;
Naval Observatory, Washington, 1857; sloop Cumberland, coast of Africa,
1857-9 ; commanding steamer Stars and Stripes, North Atlantic Blockadin''
Squadron, 1861; at capture of Roanoke Island and Newbern; commanding
steamer Conemaugh, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862-3 ; commis-
sioned as Commander July 16th, 1862; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1864; Fleet
Captain, East Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; special duty, Navy Yard New
York, 1866; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; Navy Yard, Mare
Island, California, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN STEPHEN D. TRENCHARD.

Born in New York, July 10th, 1818. Appointed from New York, October
23d, 1834; receiving-ship, New York, 1835-7; Naval School, Philadelphia,
1839-40 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 16th, 1840; sloop Preble,



CAPTAINS. 65

West India Squadron, 1841-4; sloop Fairfield, Home Squadron, 1844-5
Coast Survey, 1845-9; commissioned as Lieutenant, February 27th, 1847
sloop Albany, Home Squadron, 1850-2 ; receiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1853
Coast Survey, 1854-7; steam-frigate Powhatan, East India Squadron, 1857-9 ^
commanding steamer Rhode Island, supply vessel to Blockading Squad-
ron, 1861-5; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; two attacks on
Fort Fisher, December, 1864, and January, 1865; Navy Yard, New York
1866-9 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; commanding steam-sloop
Lancaster, flag-ship South Atlantic Squadron, 1869,



CAPTAIN MELANCTON B. WOOLSEY.

Born in New York, 1818. Appointed from New York, December 24th,
1832 ; serving in Brazil Squadron, 1832-4 ; frigate United States, Mediterra-
nean Squadron, 1836-9; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1839—10; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, July 16th, 1840; frigate Delaware, Brazil Squadron,
1842-4 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, July 16th, 1847 ; store-ship Southamp-
ton, Pacific Squadron, 1849-50 ; brig Perry, Coast of Africa, 1851-4; unem-
ployed from 1854-60 ; receiving-ship, New York, 1861 ; commanding steamer
Ellen, South Atlantic Squadron, 1862.

Engagement at the Wapper creek, May 30th, 1862, with a battery afterwards
known as Fort Pemberton, and at the same time an attacking party of about
three hundred rebel infantry at a distance of about four hundred and fifty yards.
The insurgents were driven out of the forts and their infantry repulsed. En-
gagement at Socessionville creek, June 1st, 1862, in which from two to three
hundred rebel cavalry were dislodged and repulsed. Engagement of two hours'
duration with batteries oh James Island, June 3d, 1862 ; co-operating with the
army in their attempt to carry James Island batteries by assault.

Commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steamer Prin-
cess Royal, W. G. B. Squadron, 1863-5.

June 28th, 1863, engagement of three hours' duration at short musket-
range, in defence of Donaldsonville and Fort Butler, against the attack of three
thousand rebel troops under Generals Green and Dick Taylor, in which the
enemy was repulsed with an acknowledged loss of fifteen hundred killed,
wounded and*missing, including one hundred and twenty-fi.ve prisoners.

Naval Observatory, Washington, 1865 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th,
1866; commanding steam-sloop Pawnee, South Atlantic Squadron, 1867-8;
commanding flag-ship Guerriere, South Atlantic Squadron, 1869.



CAPTAIN ALEXANDER MURRAY.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Pennsylvania, August 22,1835
attached to schooner Grampus, West India Squadron, 1836-8 ; steamer Poin
sett, Atlantic coast, 1839-41 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 22d,1841
sloop Vincennes, Home Squadron, 1841-3 ; schooner Shark, Pacific Squadron
1844-5; Home Squadron, 1846; at Tobasco, Tuspan, and "Vera Cruz,
Coast Survey, 1846-9; commissioned as Lieutenant, August 12 th,
5



66 CAPTAINS.

1847; razee Independence, Mediterranean Squadron 1849-51; receiving-
Bhip, Norfolk, 1852-3 ; Coast Survey, 1858-60 ; commanding steamer
Louisiana, N. A. B. Squadron, 1861-2; repulse of rebel steamer Yorktown, off
Newport News, Sept., 1861 ; battle of Eoanoke Island, Feb. 8th, 1862 ; battle of
Elizabeth river, with the fort and Lynch's fleet, February 10th, 1862 ; battle
of Newbern, North Carolina, February 14th, 1862 ; engagement with Wise's
division; battle of Winton, North Carolina, 1862 ; commanded naval forces at
the battle of Kinston, North Carolina, 1862 ; commanded naval forces at the
repulse of rebels, under Hill, from Newbern, North Carolina, February 14th,
1862 ; commanded a naval and military expedition up the York and Pamunky
rivers, which was entirely successful, destroying twenty-seven vessels, two
large steamers among the number, and approaching to within eleven miles of
Kichmoud, in the month of May, 1862. This expedition was afloat and the
enemy in sight nearly all the time. Commissioned as Commander, July 16th,
1862 ; special duty. Sounds of North Carolina, 1863 ; Navy Yard, Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, 1864-5 ; commanding steamer Augusta, special service,
1866-7 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866 ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia,
1869.



CAPTAIN EDWARD DONALDSON.

Born in Maryland, November 7th, 1816. Appointed from Maryland, July
31st, 1835 ; attached to sloop Vandalia, West India Squadron, 1836-8; frigate
Columbia, East India Squadron, 1839-40.

While attached to frigate Columbia, took part in the attacks on forts on the
coast of Sumatra, 1839.

Promoted to Passed Midshipman, January 22d, 1841; in McLaughlin's
Mosquito Fleet, in Florida, 1841-2 ; brig Truxton, 1841-44 ; sloop Ariel,
Coast of Africa, 1845; Coast Survey, 1846; sloop Plymouth, East India
Squadron, 1847-8 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, October 23d, 1847 ; brig
Dolphin, East India Squadron, 1849-50 ; sloop Plymouth, 1851 ; rendezvous
Baltimore, 1852 ; steamer Water Witch, river La Plata, 1853-^; steam-frigate
Merrimac, special service, 1856-7 ; receiving-ship, Baltimore, 1858-9 ; steamer
San Jacinto, Coast of Africa, 1860-1 ; rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1861 ; West
Gulf Squadron,1861-2 ; passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and Vicksburg
batteries; commanding receiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1862-3; coihmissioned as
Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer Keystone State, North
Atlantic Squadron, 1863-4; ordnance duty, Baltimore, 1865 ; receiving-ship,
Baltimore, 1866-8; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; Navy Yard



CAPTAIN THOMAS H. STEVENS.

Born in Connecticut. Appointed from Connecticut, December 14th, 1836 ;
a tached to razee Independence, Brazil Squadron, 1838-41 ; promoted to Passed
Midshipman July Ist^ 1842 ; frigate Constellation, Home Squadron, 1842-4;
Naval Store-keeper, Honolulu, 1845-8; Sackett's Harbor, New York, 1849



CAPTAINS. 67

commissioned as Lieutenant, May 10th, 1849 ; steamer Michigan, on the lakes,
1849-51 ; Coast Survey, 1852-5 ; steam-frigate Colorado, Home Squadron,
1 859-60; commanding steamer Ottowa, S. A. B. Squadron, 1861-2; engagement
with rebel fleet at Port-Royal, November 4th, 1861 ; engagement with rebel fleet
and Ports Walker and Beauregard, November 5th and 7th, 1861 ; battle of
Port-Eoyal Ferry, January 1st, 1862; capture of Fort Clinch, Fernandina and
St. Marys, March 3d, 1862; expedition up St. Marys river and engagement
with enemy's riflemen, March 6th, 1862 ; in command of expedition up St.
Johns river, and capture of Fort Steele; fort on St. Johns Bluff and Mayport,
Jacksonville, &c., during portions of March and April, 1862; commissioned as
Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steamer Maratanza, N. A. B. Squad-
ron, 1862 ; battle of West Point, May 7th, 1862; in command of gun-boats up
Pamunkey river to White House, May, 1862, to open way for and in support of
McClellan's army ; demonstration against Petersburg, Virginia, June, 1862 ;
battle of Malvern Hill, in reserve ; capture of rebel gun-boat Teazer; command-
ing steamer Sonoma, West India Squadron, 1862 ; commanding iron-clad Pa-
tapsco, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863-4; engagement with Fort Wagner, August
22d, 1863 ; engcgement with Fort Moultrie and Sullivan's Island batteries,
August 31st, 1863 ; fall of Forts Gregg and Wagner, September 6th, 1863 ;
engagement with Fort Moultrie and Sullivan's Island batteries on the 7th and
8th of September, 1863 ; in command of boat assault on Fort Sumpter, night of
September Stli, 1863 ; bombardment of Fort Sumpter from October 26th to
November 4th, inclusive ; commanding steam-sloop Oneida, Western Gulf
Squadron, 1864r-5 ; operations before Mobile from July 1st to August 2d,
1864 ; attack on Fort Gaines, August 4th, 1864 ; commanded iron-clad Winne-
bago, at battle of Mobile Bay, and capture of rebel fleet, August 5th, 1864 ;
capture of Forts Powell and Gaines, and bombardment and capture of Fort
Morgan, August, 1864; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; Light-
house Inspector, 1867-9.



CAPTAIN THOMAS PATTERSON.

Born in Louisiana, May, 1820. Appointed from Louisiana, April 5th,
1836 ; attached to West India Squadron, 1837-41 ; Naval School, Philadelphia,
1841-2 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 1st, 1842 ; brig Oregon, Survey
of Tampa Bay, 1842-4 ; Coast Survey, 1844-8 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
June 2d, 1849; sloop Vandalia, Pacific Squadron, 1849-52; special duty,
1853-5 ; sloop Jamestown, Coast of Africa, 1855-7 ; Navy Yard, Washington,
1858-9; steam-sloop Mohican, Coast of Africa, 1859-61; commissioned as
Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steam-gunboat Choeura, N. A. B.
Squadron, 1862 ; commanding steamer James Adger, N.A. B. Squadron, 1863-5 ;
commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; commanding steam-sloop Brooklyn,
flag-ship Brazil Squadron, 1866-7 ; Navy Yard, Washington, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN JOHN C. HOWELL.

Born in Pennsylvania, November 24th, 1819. Appointed from Pennsylvania,
June 9th, 1836 ; sloop Levant, West India Squadron, 1837-41 ; promoted to
Passed Midshipman, July 1st, 1842 ; frigate Congress, Mediterranean Squad-



68 ' CAPTAINS.

ron, 1842-4; brig Perry, East India Squadron, 1844-5; Naval Storekeper,
Mao 1846-8; commissionedasLieutenant, August 2d, 1849; frigate Raritan,
Home Squadron, 1849-50 ; sloop Saratoga, East India Squadron, 1851-3 ; re-
ceiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1854-6 ; steam-frigate Susquehanna, Mediterranean
Squadron, 1856-8 ; receiving-ship, Philadelphia, 1859-60 ; steam-frigate Min-
nesota, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861 ; battle of Hatteras Inlet ;
commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steamer Tahamo,
Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3; commanding steamer Nereus,
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; two actions at Fort Fisher, De-
cember, 1864, and January, 1865 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866 ;
commanding rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1866-8 ; 'Fleet Captain, European
Squadron, 1869.



CAPTAIN DANIEL AMMEN.

Born in Ohio, May 15th, 1820. Appointed from Ohio, July 7th, 1836;
attached to store-ship Relief, 1837-9 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1841-2 ;
promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 1st, 1842 ; sloop Vincennes, East India
Squadron, 1845-7; Coast Survey, 1848-9; commissioned as Lieutenant, No-
vember 4th, 1849 ; Coast Survey, 1850-2 ; steamer Water Witch, river La
Plata, 185B-4 ; brig Bainbridge, Brazil Squadron, 1854-5 ; Naval Observa-
tory, Washington, 1856-7 ; steam-sloop Saranac, Pacific Squadron, 1858 ; steam-
frigate Merrimac, Pacific Squadron, 1859 ; steam-frigate Roanoke, N. A.B. Squad-
ron, 1861 ; commanding steamer Seneca, S. A. B. Squadron, 1861-2 ; battle of
Port Royal, November 7th, 1861 ; Tybee Island, 1861 ; Port Royal ferry,
January 1st, 1862 ; commanding monitor Patapsco, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863;
Fort McAllister, March, 1863, and the attack on Fort Sumpter, April 2d, 1863 ;
commanding steam-sloop Mohican, N. A. B. Squadron, 1864-5 ; two attacks on
Fort Fisher, December 1864, January 1865 ; conjmanding iron-clad Miantono-
mah, special service, 1866 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; special
duty, Hartford, Connecticut, 1866-7 ; commanding flag-ship Piscataqua, Asiatic
Squadron, 1867-8 ; appointed Chief of Bureau of Yards and Docks, 1869.



CAPTAIN EDWARD T. NICHOLS.

Born in Georgia, March 1st, 1823. Appointed from Georgia, December
14th, 1836; attached to sloop Levant, West India Squadron, 1837-40; Naval
School, Philadelphia, 1841-2 ; promoted to passed Midshipman, July 1st, 1842 ;
frigate Columbus, Mediterranean Squadron, 1842-4; steamer Col. Harney,
Atlantic Coast, 1845 ; frigate Columbia, Brazil Squadron, 1845-7 ; bomb-vessel
Stromboli, Home Squadron, 1847-8; frigate Savannah, Pacific Squadron,
1849-51; commissioned as Lieutenant, March 13th, 1850; Navy Yard, Pensa-
cola, 1852-3; steam frigate Saranac, Mediterranean Squadron, 1853-6; Navy
Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1857-8 ; sloop Jamestown, Home Squadron,
1858-60; commanding steamer Winona, West Gulf Blockading Squadron,
1861-2 ; bombardment of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip ; present at and re-
ceived the surrender of Fort St. Philip, April 28th, 1862; attack upon and



CAPTAINS. 69



passage of Vicksburg batteries, June 28th, 1862; engagement with rebel ram
Arkansas; bombardment and passage of Vicksburg batteries, July 15th, 1862;
commissioned as Commander,July i6th^ 1862; commanding steamer Alabama,
"West India Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steamer Mendota, North Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; engaged with rebel battery at Four Mile creek,
James river, June 16th, 1864; special duty, New York, 1866-8; commis-
sioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866.



CAPTAIN ROBERT H. WYMAN.

BoKN iu New Hampshire, July 18th, 1822. Appointed from New Hamp-
shire, March 11th, 1837 ; attached to sloop John Adams, Bast India Squadron,
1838-t2 ; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1842-3 ; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, June 29th, 1843 ; brig Perry, East India Squadron, 1843-6 ; served in
the Gulf on board the Princeton, Porpoise and Albany, during the Mexican
war; present at the siege of Vera Cruz; Observatory, Washington, 1848
receiving-ship, Boston, 1849-50; commissioned as Lieutenant, July 16th, 1850
sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1850-2; Observatory, Washington, 1853^,
practice-ship Preble, 1855-6 ; sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1857-9 ; com-
manding steamer Yankee, 1861 ; attached to S. A. B. Squadron, 1861-2 ; battle
of Port Royal, November, 1861; commanding Potomac flotilla, 1862 ; commis-
sioned as Commander, July 16ih, 1862 ; commanding steamer Sonoma, in James
river, and attached to West India Squadron, 1862-3 ; special duty, Washing-
ton, 1863 ; special duty, Navy Department, 1864-5 ; commissioned as Captain,
July 25th, 1866 ; commanding steam-frigate Colorado, flag-ship European
Squadron, 1866-7 ; commanding steam-sloop Ticonderosa, European Squadron,
1868-9.



CAPTAIN GEORGE B. BALCH.

Born in Tennessee, January 3d, 1821. Appointed from Alabama, Decem-
ber 30th, 1837 ; attached to sloop Cyane, Pacific Squadron, 1840 ; Naval School,
Philadelphia, 1843 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 29th, 1843 ; special
duty, 1845.

In war with Mexico. November 1st, 1846, engaged in first attack on Alvarado,
by squadron under Commodore Connor ; engaged in active operations from May,
1846, to surrender of Vera Cruz, March, 1847. In Mosquito Fleet, under Com.
Tatnall, covered the landing of the army under General Scott, March 9th, 1847 ;
at the time. Acting Master of the Falcon. March, 1847, engaged in the joint
bombardment of Vera Cruz, with the army, and was present at the surrender of
that city and the Castle of San Juan d'UHoa to the military and naval forces.

Steamer Princeton, Mediterranean Squadron, 1847-8 ; Naval Observatory,
Washington, 1849-50 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, August 16th, 1850 ; sloop
Plymouth, Pacific Squadron, 1851-4.

While on the Plymouth, Lieutenant Balch, in command of the advance post
at Shanghai, China, was wounded in the hip, in a fight between the rebels and
Imperialists.



70 CAPTAINS.

Navy Yard, WashiDgton, 1855-7 ; sloop Jamestown, Home Squadron, 1857-8 ;
sloop St. Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1858-9 ; frigate Sabine, 1860.

While on the Sabine, fell in with the transport Governor, and rescued nearly
four hundred marines, under Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds, the transport sink-
ing under the Sabine's stern, November 24th, 1861.

In command of steamer Pocahontas, South Atlantic Squadron, 1861-2;
volunteered for command of boats in taking possession of Tybee Island,
December 26th, 1861.

Commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862.

Engaged rebel battery at Stono, South Carolina. In August, 1862, ascended
Black river the distance of seventy-five miles, and drove rebel battery from
earthworks, and engaged rebel infantry on the Bluffs.

Commanding steamer Pawnee, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863-5.

July 16th, 1863, was attacked by two batteries, the rebels making a simul-
taneous attack on General Terry's forces. They were repulsed, and Commaoder
Balch was informed by General Terry that he had saved his command. The
Pawnee was struck forty-six times. On December 25th, 1863, the Marblehead
was opened on by rebel batteries ; the Pawnee took an enfilading position in
the Keowah river, and demoralized the enemy and caused him to retreat ; af-
terwards captured two rebel guns. While in command of the Pawnee, Com-
mander Balch engaged in the combined operations of the naval forces under
Bear Admiral Dahlgren, and the army under General Foster, in Stono river.
South Carolina, from July 3d to 11th, 1864, and particularly in the bombard-
ment of Battery Pringle, on James Island, South Carolina. On the 9th of Feb-
ruary, 1865, having with him the Sonoma and Daffodil, he ascended the Togoda
creek, North Edisto, South Carolina, and engaged three rebel batteries of eleven
or twelve guns, driving the rebels from their earthworks. The Pawnee was hit
ten times, the Sonoma twice, and the Daffodil twice.

Navy Yard, Washington, 1866-8; commissioned as Captain, July 25th,
1866 ; commanding flag-ship Albany, North Atlantic Squadron, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN FOXHALL A. PAEKEK.

Born in New York. Appointed from Virginia, March 11th, 1839 ; attached
to sloop Levant, West India Squadron, in 1 840 ; served in Florida against the
Indians; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1843; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 29th, 1843; steamer Michigan, on the lakes, 1844-5; Coast Survey,
1848; frigate St. Lawrence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1850 ; commissioned Lieu-
tenant, September 28th, 1850; steam frigate Susquehanna, East India Squadron,
1851-3 ; Coast Survey, 1854-5; unemployed 1856-60 ; Navy Yard, Washing-
ton, 1860; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steam
gunboat Mahaska, 1863 ; in command of the naval battery on Morris Island
during the bombardment of Fort Sumpter, from the 17th to the 23d of Aucrust.
1863. ° '

Engaged in skirmishes with batteries on Potomac and Eappahannook rivers,
and off Wilmington, North Carolina, and with rebel troops on shore, while
commanding the Mahaska in 1863, and Potomac flotilla in 1864-5. On one
occasion, at the head of a small detachment of soldiers and marines, with two
howitzers manned by seamen. Commander Parker marched some distance into



CAPTAINS. 71

Virginia and drove the noted guerilla Fitzhugh, with a force of over one hun-
dred cavalry, out of Matthevr's C. H., which he took possession of.

Bureau of Navigation, 1866 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th 1866 •
special duty, Hartford, Connecticut, 1867-8; Navy Yard, Boston, 1869.' '



CAPTAIN JOHN GUEST.



Born in Missouri. Appointed from Arkansas, December 16th 1837 •
attached to sloop Warren, West India Squadron, 1838-42 ; Naval School Phila-
delphia, 1843; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 29th, 1843; steamer
Poinsett, Survey of Tampa Bay, 1844-5 ; frigate Congress, Pacific Squadron,
1845-8 ; war with Mexico, San Gabriel, California, January 8th, 1848, Niesa,
January 9th, 1848 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, December 24th, 1850 ; sloop
Plymouth, East India Squadron, 1851-5 ; boarded with the cutter of the Ply-
mouth, at Shanghai, 1854, the Chinese man-of-war. Sir H. Compton, and liber-



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