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ated a pilot-boat's crew who were under the protection of the American flag ; in
April, 1854, was second in command of the Plymouth, under Captain John
Kelley, in a severe and victorious action with the Chinese, at Shanghai, to pre-
vent aggression on foreign residents ; special duty, Washington, 1855-6 ; ren-
dezvous, Philadelphia, 1859; steam-frigate Niagara, W. G.B. Squadron, 1861;
in command of the boats of Niagara, cut out the schooner Aid, then under the pro-
tection of Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, August, 1861; commanding steamer Owasco,
W.^. B. Squadron, 1862; at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and capture of
New Orleans, 1862; battles on the Mississippi up to, and including Vicksburg,
1862 ; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding iron-clad
Lehigh, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steamer Iosco, N. A. B.
Squadron, 1864-5 ; present at the two attacks on Fort Fisher; commissioned as
Captain, July, 25th, 1866; Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N. Hampshire, 1867-9.



CAPTAIN DONALD M. N. FAIRFAX.

Born in Virginia, March 10th, 1823. Appointed from North Carolina,
August 12th, 1837 ; attached to sloop John Adams, East India Squadron,
1838-42; Naval School, Philadelphia, 1842-3; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, June 29th, 1843 ; Coast Survey, 1844-5 ; frigate Columbus, East India
Squadron, 1845-7 ; store-ship Erie, Pacific Squadron, 1847-9.

During the Mexican war served on west coast of Mexico and California, and
was at the capture of several towns, under Captain Du Pont.

Frigate Congress, Brazil Squadron, 1850-3 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
February 26th, 1851 ; frigate Potomac, Home Squadron, 1855-6 ; steam frigate
Wabash, Home Squadron, 1857-8 ; ordnance duty, New York, 1859 ; steamer
Mystic, coast of Africa, 1860-61; commissioned as Commander, July 16th,
1862 ; commanding steam gunboat Cayuga, W. G. B. Squadron, 1862-8 ; on
the Lower Mississippi, from June, 1862, to February, 1863, under Rear Admi-
ral Farragut ; South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; in several attacks
on defences of Charleston Harbor, under Rear Admirals DupontandDahlgren;



72 CAPTAINS.

Naval Academy, 1864-5 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; com-
manding flag-ship Rhode Island, N. A. Squadron, 1866-7 ; commanding
steam-sloop Susquehanna, flag-ship N. A. Squadron, 1867-8 ; Ordnance duty,
Navy Yard, Boston, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN JOHN M. B. GLITZ.

Born in New York, March 10th, 1823. Appointed from Michigan, August
12th, 1837 ; attached to sloop Ontario, West India Squadron, 1838-42; Navail
School, Philadelphia, 1843; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 29th, 1843 ;
sloop St. Marys, Mediterranean Squadron, 1844-5; sloop Falmouth, Home
Squadron, 1845-6 ; bomb-brig Hecla, Home Squadron, 1847 ; capitulation of
Castle of San Juan d'TJlloa and capture of Tuspan ; steamer Petrita, Home
Squadron, 1847-8 ; frigate Cumberland, Mediterranean Squadron, 1849-51 ;
commissioned as Lieutenant, April 6th, 1851 ; Coast Survey, 1851-2 ; steam-
frigate Mississippi, Bast India Squadron, 1852-5; special duty, Washington,
1856; sloop Decatur, Pacific Squadron, 1858-9; steam-sloop Iroquois, 1861;
commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer Penobscot,
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steam-sloop Juniata,
East Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steamer Osceola, North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5; at both attacks on Fort Fisher; Navy
Yard, Boston, 1866 ; commissioned cs Captain, July 25th, 1866 ; commanding
steam-sloop Pawnee, South Atlantic Squadron, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN ANDREW BRYSON.

BoUN in New York, 1822. Appointed from New York, December 21st,
1837; attached to sloog Ontario, West India Squadron, 1888-42; Naval School,
Philadelphia, 1842-3; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 29th, 1843;
sloop Decatur, Coast of Africa, 1843-5; steamer Michigan, on the lakes,
1845-9 ; store-ship Erie, 1850-1 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, August 30th,
1851; brig Bainbridge, Coast of Africa, 1851-5; receiving-ship, Boston,
1853-5; sloop Saratoga, Home Squadron, 1856-8; sloop Preble, Brazil
Squadron, 1858-9 ; Navy Yard, New York, 1861 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 16th, 1862; commanding steamer Chippewa, special service,
1862-3; commanding iron-clad Lehigh, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863; at the re-
duction of Fort Macon, and in all the principal actions in which the iron-clads
were engaged off Charleston, from September 22d, 1863, to April 5th, 1864 ;
wounded slightly by fragment of shell off Charleston ; commanding the iron-
clad Essex, Mississippi Squadron, 1864-5; commissioned as Captain, July
25th, 1866; commanding steamer Michigan, on the lakes, 1866-9; command-
ing receiving-ship, Boston, 1869.



CAPTAIN JAMES H. SPOTTS.

Born in North Carolina. Appointed from Kentucky, Au"-ust 2d, 1837 •
attached to_ sloop John Adams, East India Squadron, 1838-42; Naval School,
Philadelphia, 1842-3; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 29th, 1843;



CAPTAINS. 73

store-ship Lexington, Pacific Squadron, 1846-8 ; commissioned as Lieutenant,
November, 21st, 1851 ; sloop Portsmouth, Pacific Squadron, 1851-5; rendez-
vous, Philadelphia, 1855-7 ; steamer Michigan, on the lakes, 1857-8 ; sloop
Cyane, Pacific Squadron, 1858-9 ; frigate Sanbee, 1861 ; commissioned as Com-
mander, July 16, 1862 ; commanding steamer Magnolia, E. Gr. B. Squadron,
1862 ; commanding steamer South Carolina, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863-4; com-
manding steamer Powhatan, N. A. B. Squadron, 1864-5 ; in both engagements
with Fort Fisher, November, 1864, and January, 1865 ; in the engagement with
Fort Anderson, and engagements alongthe banks of the Cape Fear River, Feb-
ruary, 1865 ; also, at the bombardment of the batteries above Dutch Gap, James
river, April, 1865 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th, 1866; Navy Yard,
Mare Island, California, 1866-7.



CAPTAIN J. W. A. NICHOLSON.

Born in Massachusetts. Appointed from New York, February 10th, 1838;
attached to sloop Warren, West India Squadron, 1838-42 ; Navy Yard, New
York, 1842-4; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 20th, 1844; steamer
Princeton, special service, 1844-6; store-ship Fredonia, Home Squadron,
1847-8; frigate Raritan, Home Squadron, 1849-50; store-ship Southampton,
Pacific Squadron, 1851-2; commissioned as Lieutenant, April 24, 1852 ; sloop
Vandalia, East India Squadron, 1853-5; Navy Yard, New York, 1856-7;
sloop Vincennes, Coast of Africa, 1857-60.

In 1861, attached to steamer Pocahontas, which vessel started to relieve
Fort Sumpter, but reached Charleston too late, Sumpter capitulating shortly
after the arrival of the Pocahontas, April 1st, 1861. Engagement with rebel
batteries at Acquia Creek, Potomac river, 1861 ; commanding steamer Isaac
Smith, S. A. B. Squadron, 1861-2; action with rebel fleet, November, 1861 ;
battle of Port Royai, November 7th, 1861 ; engagement with rebel flotilla in
the Savannah river, February, 1862 ; engagement with rebel infantry near
Jacksonville, Florida.

Commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; ordnance duty, New York,
1863; S. A. B, Squadron, 1864; commanding iron-clad Manhattan, W. Gr. B.
Squadron, 1864 ; battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864 ; bombardment of
Fort Morgan, from- August 9th to August 20th, 1864; commanding steamer
Mohongo, Pacific Squadron, 1865-6 ; commissioned as Captain, July 25th,
1866; special duty, New York, 1867-8 ; Navy Yard, New York, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN THOMAS G. CORBIN.

Born in Virginia, August 13th, 1820. Appointed from Alabama, May 15th,
1838; attached to frigate Brandywine, Mediterranean Squadron, 1838-42;
promoted to Passed Midshipman, May 20th, 1844; Coast Survey, 1844-5;
frigate Columbia, Brazil Squadron, 1845-6 ; Coast Survey, 1847-50 ; sloop St.
Marys, Pacific Squadron, 1850-2 ; Commissioned as Lieutenant, June 10th,
1852 ; steamer Princeton, 1852-3 ; Survey of the river La Platta, 1853-5 ;
Navy Yard, Mare Island, California, 1855-6 ; receiving-ship, New York,



74 CAPTAINS.

1857-8 ; steam-frigate Wabash, Mediterranean Squadron, 1858-9 ; on leave,
1860; steam-frigate Wabash, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1861-3;
capture of Eorts Beauregard and Walker and Port Royal, South Carolina, April,
1861 ; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; Commandant of Mid-
shipmen, Naval Academy, 1863 ; commanding steamer Augusta, 1864-5 ; Fleet
Captain, West India Squadron, 1865-6; commissioned as Captain, July 25th,.
1866 ; commanding steam-sloop Guerriere, flag-ship South Atlantic Squadron,
1868 ; member of Examining Board, 1869 ; at present, on special duty.



CAPTAIN LOUIS C. SARTORI.

Born in New Jersey. Appointed from New Jersey, February 22d, 1829;
attached to sloop Warren, Brazil Squadron, 1831—4 ; frigate Constellation, W. I.
Squadron, 1832 ; sloop Natchez, W. I. Squadron, 1836-7 ; promoted to Passed Mid-
shipman, June 14th, 1837 ; frigate Constitution, Pacific Squadron, 1839-41 ; com-
missioned as Lieutenant, September 8th, 1841 ; Home Squadron, 1846-8 ; war
with Mexico, at capture of Tobasco Mediterranean Squadron, 1850; razee Inde-
pendence, Mediterranean Squadron, 1851-2 ; receiving-ship, Norfolk, 1853 ;
Naval Asylum, Norfolk, 1854 ; sloop John Adams, Pacific Squadron, 185-5-6;
expedition and fight with a tribe of Fegees ; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1859 ;
commissioned as Commander, April 7th, 1861 ; commanding steamer Flag,
Blockading Squadron, 1861; commanding receiving-ship, Boston, 1862; com-
manding sloop Portsmouth, W. G. B. Squadron, 1863-5 ; commissioned as Cap-
tain, September, 26th, 1866 ; commanding steam-sloop Ossipee, Pacific Squad-
ron, 1868.



CAPTAIN JAMES P. ARMSTRONG.

BoEN in New Jersey, November 20th, 1817. Appointed from New Jersey,
March 7th, 1832; attached to frigate Delaware, Mediterranean Squadron,
1833-36 ; sloop Boston, West India Squadron, 1837 ; promoted to Passed Mid-
shipman, June 23d, 1838 ; schooner Enterprise, Home Squadron, 1839-40 ;
receiving-ship, Boston, 1842-3 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, December 8th,
1842 ; sloop Vincennes, East India Squadron, 1845-6 ; receiving-ship, Phila-
delphia, 1847-9; frigate Ohio, Pacific Squadron, 1849-50; sloop Albany,
Home Squadron, 1851-2 ; Navy Yard, Pensacola, 1853-5 ; sloop Jamestown,
Coast of Africa, 1855-7 ; rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1858; commanding steamer
Sumpter, Blockading Squadron, 1861 ; commissioned as Commander, April
27th, 1861; commanding State of Georgia, N. A. B. Squadron, 1862-6 ; bom-
bardment and surrender of Port Macon, and combined attack of military and
naval forces, April 25th, 1862 ; commissioned as Captain, July 16th, 18G2 ;
commanding steam-sloop San Jacinto, E. G. B. Squadron, 1864; Commandant
Navy Yard, Pensacola, Florida, 1865-8. At present, in charjre of iron-clads.
New Orleans.



CAPTAINS. 75

CAPTAIN WILLIAM RONCKENDOEEF.

Born in Pennsylvania. Appointed from Pennsylvania, February 17th, 1832 ;
attached to steamer Porpoise, West India Squadron, 1832-3 ; frigate Constitu-
tion, Mediterranean Squadron, 1835-7 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June
23d, 1838 ; brig Consort, Coast Survey, 1839-41 ; sloop Preble, Mediterranean
Squad.'-oc, 1842-8 ; frigate Congress, Brazil Squadron, 1843-5 ; commissioned
as Lieutenant, June 28th, 1843 ; Pacific Squadron, during the Mexican war,
winter of 1846, on the road to Angelos, California; sloop Portsmouth, Coast of
Africa, 1849-51; receiving-ship, New York, 1852 ; frigate Cumberland, Medi-
terranean Squadron, 1852 - 4 ; sloop Macedonian, East India Squadron, 1855;
Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1857-8 ; commanding steamer N. W. Chapin, Brazil
Squadron and Paraguay Expedition , 1859; commissioned as Commander, June
29th. 1861 ; commanding steamer Water Witch, 1861 ; commanding steam-sloop
San Jacinto, N. A. B. Squadron, 1862 ; battle of Sewell's Point and capture of
Norfolk, May, 1862; commanding steam-sloop San Jacinto, E. G. B. Squadron,
1863; commanding steam-sloop Powhatan, flag-ship West India Squadron,
1863—4; special duty. New York, 1865; commanding iron-clad Tonawanda,
1866 ; commissioned as Captain, September 27th, 1866 ; commanding receiv-
ing-ship, Philadelphia, 1867 ; naval rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1869.



CAPTAIN JAMES C. WILLIAMSON.

Born in New Jersey. Appointed from New York, January 7th, 1832 ;
attached to frigate Brandywine, Mediterranean Squadron, 1833 ; frigate Con-
stellation, Mediterranean Squadron, 1834; sloop Ontario, Brazil Squadron,
1836; Naval School, New York, 1837-9; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
July 8th, 1839; Navy Yard, New York, 1840; receiving-ship New York,
1841-4; commissioned as Lieutenant, November 25th, 1844; sloop Vincennes,
East India Squadron, 1845-6; Home Squadron, 1848 ; sloop St. Louis, Brazil
Squadron, 1849-51 ; sloop Albany, Home Squadron, 1852-3 ; steam-sloop San
Jacinto, East India Squadron, 1855-8.

In 1856, engaged in sounding out the channel in a ship's boat nnder fire from
the fort on the Canton river, at which time one man was killed in the boat.

Executive Officer, steam-sloop Brooklyn, special service, 1861; in charge of
the landing of the troops at Fort Pickens, Florida, in 1861; commis-
sioned as Commander, April 15th, 1861 ; commanding steamer Penguin, East
Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862-3; commanding steamer Flag, South Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; special duty, New Orleans, 1866 ; commissioned
as Captain, October 10th, 1866; Navy Yard, Boston, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN ALBERT G. CLARY.



BoEN in Massachusetts. Appointed from Massachusetts, May 8th, 1832 ;
attached to sloop Vincennes, Pacific Squadron, 1834-6; Naval School, New
York, 1837 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, July 8th, 1839; sloop Marion,
Brazil Squadron, 1839-42; receiving-ship, Boston, 1843-5; commissioned as



76 CAPTAINS.

Lieutenant, April 11th, 1845 ; sloop Preble, Home Squadron, during war with
Mexico; at Tuspan and Tobasco; sloop Preble, Pacific Squadron, 1847-50 ; re-
ceiving-ship, Boston, 1852 ; sloop Marion, Coast of Africa, 1853 ; frigate Con-
stitution, Coast of Africa, 1854-5 ; Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
1856-7 ; steam-frigate Minnesota, East India Squadron, 1858-9 ; steam-frigate
Colorado, 1861 ; commanding steamer Anacostia, Potomac flotilla, 1861 ; en-
gagement at Acquia Creek, May 31st and June 1st, 1861 ; battle of Port E.oyal,
November 7th, 1861 ; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; com-
manding steamer Mt.Vernon, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1862 ; com-
manding steamer Tioga, West India Squadron, 1863 ; commanding steam-sloop
Dacotah, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864; commanding steam-sloop
Seminole, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; commanding receiving-
ship, Norfolk, 1866; commissioned as Captain, November 21st, 1866.



CAPTAIN GEORGE H. PREBLE.

Born in Maine, February 25th, 1816. Appointed from Maine, October
10th, 1835 ; attached to frigate United States, Mediterranean Squadron,
1836-7 ; West India Squadron, 1839-40 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman,
June 22d, 1841 ; receiving-ship, Boston, 1843 ; sloop St. Louis, East India
Squadron, 1843-5; sloop' Cjane, Pacific Squadron, 1845; Home Squadron,
1846-7 ; Mexican war, attack upon Alvarado, August 8th, and October 16th,
1846 ; Tampioo, Laguina, Vera Cruz, Alvarado, April 1st, 1847 ; brig Dolphin,
Bast India Squadron, 1847-8 ; commissioned as Lieutenant, February 5th,
1848 ; Coast Survey, 1850-2 ; frigate Vermont, East India Squadron, 1852-3 ;
sloop Macedonian, East India Squadron, 1854-6.

October 27th, 1854, November 1st and 3d, 1854, November 13th, 1854,
engagements with Chinese pirates; July 10th, 1855, destroyed three piratical
junks, while convoying a fleet of Chinese boats ; August 27th, 1855, destroyed
two piratical junks.

Light-house Inspector, 1857 ; Navy Yard^ Boston, 1858-9 ; steam-sloop Nar-
ragansett. Pacific Squadron, 1860-1 ; commanding steamer Katahdin, W. G.
B. Squadron, 1862 ; attack on, and passage of, Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and
Chalmette batteries; capture of New Orleans; at Vicksburg, June 29th, 1862 ;
commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1863 ; commanding steam-sloop Oneida,
W. G. B. Squadron, 1862; commanding sloOp St. Louis, S. A. B. Squadron,
1863-5; battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina, November 30th, 1864; three
actions at Deveraux's Neck, South Carolina, December 6th, 7th and 9th, 1864;
special duty. Navy Yard, Boston, 1866-8; commissioned as Captain, January,
1867 ; commanding steam-sloop Pensacola, flag-ship N. P. Squadron, 1868-9.



CAPTAIN EGBERT THOMPSON.

BoEN in New York, 1822. Appointed from New York, March 13th, 1837 ;
Exploring Expedition, 1838-42; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 29th,
1843; brig Somers, special service, 1843-4; frigate Cumberland, Mediterra-
nean Squadron, 1845 ; Home Squadron, 1846-7.



^ CAPTAINS. 77

Jresican war, participated in all the active operations of the fleet up to June,
1847, including the attack on Tobasco, Alvarado, Tuspan, and the bombardment
of Yera Cruz.

Steamer Michigan, on. the lakes, 1848-50; commissioned as Lieutenant,
September 27, 1850; sloop Decatur, Home Squadron, 1851-2; receiving-ship
New York, 1853-5 ; sloop St. Louis, Coast of Africa, 1856-8 ; Ordnance duty'
Washington, Navy Yard, 1859-60 ; steam-sloop Powhatan, 1861; commanding
iron-clad Pittsburg, Mississippi Squadron, 1861-2.

Participated in attack en Fort Donaldson, attack on Island No. 10 and float-
ing ba,ttery ; ran batteries of Island No. 10 and took part in the attack on the
batteries opposite New Madrid, and in the engagement with rebel rams above
Fort Pillow.

Commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; naval rendezvous, Phila-
delphia, 1863-4; commanded the steamer Com. McDonough, S. A. B. Squad-
ron, 1864-5; commanding steam-sloop Dacotah, South Pacific Squadron,
1866-7; commissioned as Captain, July 26th, 1867.



CAPTAIN GEORGE H. COOPER.

BoRisr in New York. Appointed from New York, August 14th, 1837 ; at-
tached to_ fleet operating on Coast of Florida, 1837, and was constantly employed
co-operating with the army in boat expeditions against the Seminole Indians ;
frigate Constitution, Pacific Squadron, 1838-42 ; Naval School, Philadelphia,
1843; promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 23d, 1843 ; schooner Flirt, Home
Squadron, 1846-7.

The Flirt reported for duty to General Zaohary Taylor in March, 1846.
Passed Midshipman Cooper commanded a detachment of men at Point Isabel,
Texas, under Major Monroe of the U. S. Army, previous to and after the battles
of 8th and 9th of May. After capture of Monterey was transferred to Commo-
dore Connor's squadron, and was in both attacks on Tobasco, and attacks on
Alvarado and Tuspan. Served in the squadron until the reduction of the
Capital.

Receiving-ship, Norfolk, 1847-8 ; Naval Station, Norfolk, 1849-50 ; steam-
frigate Susquehanna, East India Squadron, 1850-55 ; commissioned as Lieu-
tenant, May 8th, 1851; rendezvous, Norfolk, 1856 ; ordnance duty, Norfolk,
1857 ; steam-frigate Roanoke, Home Squadron, 1859-60 ; Navy Yard, Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire, 1861; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ;
commanding steamer Massachusetts, supply vessel, Atlantic Squadrons, 1862 ;
commanding steamer Mercedita, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863.

Was seven weeks in command of monitor Sangamon, inside of Charleston
Roads, employed on picket duty, and acting in concert with the army, con-
stantly shelling Fort Sumpter and the batteries on Sullivan's Island ; stationed
in Stono Inlet, South Carolina, as senior officer, co-operating with the army
in expeditions against the enemy, and frequently engaged at short range.

Commanding steamer Sonoma, S. A. B. Squadron, 1863-4 ; commanding
steamer Glaucus, B. G. B. Squadron, 1864-5 ; commanding steamer Winooskie,
special service, 1866-7 ; Navy Yard, Norfolk, 1867-9 ; commissioned as Captain,
December 2d, 1867. At present, under orders to command steam-frigate Colo-
rado, Asiatic Squadron.



78 CAPTAINS.

CAPTAIN CHARLES H. B. CALDWELL.

Born in Massachusetts. Appointed from Connecticut, February 27tli, 1888 ;
serving in Mediterranean Squadron, 1838-40 ; promoted to Passed Midship-
man, May 20th, 1844 ; sloop Portsmouth, Pacific Squadron, 1845 ; frigate United
States, Mediterranean Squadron, 1847; brig Boxer, Coast of Africa, 1848-9;
sloop Yorktown, Coast of Africa, 1849-50; Navy Yard, Boston, 1852; commis-
. sioned as Lieutenant, September 4th, 1852 ; sloop Vandalia, East India Squad-
ron, 1853-4; Light-house Inspector, 1855-7 ; sloop Vandalia, Pacific Squadron,
1858-9; defeated a tribe of Cannibals, at Wega, one of the Fejee Islands, and
burned their town October 11th, 1858, with a detachment of seamen and
marines from the sloop Vandalia ; steamer Keystone State, special service, 1861 ;
commanding steamer Itasca, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862; bombard-
ment and passagfe of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and Chalmette batteries, and
capture of New Orleans ; Grand Gulf, Mississippi river, June 10th, 1862; com-
missioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding iron-clad Essex,
Mississippi Squadron, 1862-3 ; Port Hudson, from March to July, 1863, in
command of Essex and mortar flotilla ; commanding steamer Glaucus, North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1863^ ; commanding steamer R. R. Cuyler,
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5; present at surrender of Wil-
mington; naval rendezvous, Boston, 1866-9; commissioned as Captain, Decem-
ber 12th, 1867.



CAPTAIN HENRY K. DAVENPORT.

Born in Georgia, December 10th, 1820. Appointed from Georgia, Febru-
ary 19th, 1838 ; attached to frigate United States, 1838-42; steamer Union,
1843 ; promoted to Passed Midshipman, May 20th, 1844; Coast Survey, 1845 ;
frigate Columbia, Pacific Squadron, 1846-7 ; Observatory, Washington, 1848-9 ;
mail steamer Ohio, 1849-52; commissioned as Lieutenant, December igth,
1853 ; steamer Princeton, 1854-5 ; Naval Observatory, Washington, 1856 ;
sloop Portsmouth, East India Squadron, 1858 ; bombardment and storming of
the lower six forts. Canton river, China, November, 1856; Ordnance duty,
Washington, 1859-60; sloop Cumberland, N. A. B. Squadron, 1861; Forts
Hatteras and Clark, August, 1861 ; repulse of rebel steamer Jamestown, in
James river, December, 1861; commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862;
commanding steamer Hetzel, N. A. B. Squadron, 1862^.

Roanoke Island, February, 1862, in command of Hetzel and division of five
gunboats; Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and destruction of entire rebel naval
force in sounds of North Carolina, February 10th, 1862 ; battle and capture of
Newborn, North Carolina, April, 1862 ; defence of Fort Anderson, Nense river,
and repulse of Pettigrew's army, March 14th, 1863 ; received a letter of thanks
from General commanding United States forces ; defence of Newbern and re-
pulse of Hoke's army, May, 1864; senior officer in command of sounds, North
Carolina, from June 1862 to June 1864, and accompanied the army on expedi-
tions wherever gunboats could go.

Commanding flag-ship Lancaster, Pacific Squadron, 1864-6.

Capture of seven pirates on board the American steamer Salvador, off bay of
Panama, while in command of Lancaster, November 10th, 1864. Received
thanks of Navy Department.

Navigation and equipment duty, Navy Yard, Washington, 1867-9 ; commis-
sioned as Captain, March 14th, 1868.



CAPTAINS. 79

CAPTAIN NAPOLEON B. HARRISON.

Born in Virginia, February 19th, 1823. Appointed from Virginia, Febru-
ary 26th, 1838 ; attached to schooner Enterprise, Atlantic Coast, 1839-40 ;
receiving-ship, Norfolk, 1843 j store-ship Erie, Coast of Africa, 1845-6; pro-
moted to Passed Midshipman, May 20th, 1844 ; sloop Portsmouth, Pacific
Squadron, 1847-8.

Served in California, during the war with Mexico, as a volunteer in the expe-
dition that rescued G-eneral Kearney's command. Volunteered to carry informa-
tion from San Francisco to Monterey in the Portsmouth's launch ; and was out
five days in a gale of wind.

Observatory, Washington, 1850 ; Coast Survey, 1851-2 ; commissioned as
Lieutenant, January 6th, 1853; Naval Storekeeper, East India Squadron,
1853-4; store-ship Supply, East India Squadron, 1855; receiving-ship, Boston,
1856—7 ; sloop Cumberland, Coast of Africa, 1858-9 ; sloop Jamestown, 1861 ;
commanding steamer Cayuga, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1862.

The Cayuga was the flag-ship of Captain Bailey, Farragut's second in com-
mand, and led the line of vessels at the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip,
and up to the city of New Orleans. Lieutenant Commanding Harrison was
specially commended in the official reports for his gallantry and the skillful man-
ner in which he fought his vessel.

Commissioned as Commander, July 16th, 1862 ; commanding steamer Ma-
haska, James river flotilla, during the operations of McClellan before Rich-



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