|He was commissioned Lieutenant, U.S.
Navy, 1841, and commanded a landing party of 70 seamen and captured Fort
Tabasco, Mexico, in 1847; he commanded the steamer Panama, 1849, and made a
voyage through the Straits of Magellan to the Pacific; commanded the
privately owned mail steamer Georgia, 1850-52; made regular trips from New
York City to Havana; Captain of the ship Golden Age between Melbourne and
Sydney for the Australian Steamship Company, 1852-55; First Lieutenant, U.S.
Navy, Portsmouth Navy Yard, 1857-60; took a prominent part in the
preliminary planning of the New Orleans expedition.
|He was in command of a
mortar flotilla under Admiral Farragut, New Orleans, and on the
Mississippi River, 1862; commanded the fleets below Forts St. Phillip and
Jackson, demanded and accepted their surrender on favorable terms, 1862; served
as Acting Rear Admiral, Commander, Mississippi River Squadron, 1862; aided in
the assault on and the capture of Arkansas Post; cooperated with General U.S.
Grant in the assault on Vicksburg, 1863; commissioned Rear Admiral, 1863, he
took charge of the lower Mississippi River as far South as New Orleans;
commanded naval forces cooperating with the Army in the Red River
|Also commanded naval forces attacking Fort Fisher, 1864-65; with General Terry he
captured the defenses of Wilmington, North Carolina; commanded the North
Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864; Superintendent of the United States Naval
Academy, 1865-69; improved the curriculum and instructional methods there;
conducted unsuccessful diplomatic negotiations in Santo Domingo to secure
cession or lease of Samana Bay, 1866-67; appointed adviser to the Secretary of
the Navy by President Grant, 1869-70; instituted a reform policy, organized
boards to inspect the fleets and navy yards, began to repair many vessels;
prompted to Full Admiral, 1870; chosen to command the fleet assembled at Key
West, 1873; head of the Board of Inspectino, 1877-91.
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