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CUMMINGS, Andrew Boyd, naval officer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 June 1830; died in New Orleans, La., 18 March 1863. He entered the U. S. navy as midshipman in April 1847, and was successively advanced through the different grades until he became lieutenant commander in July 1862. During the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the capture of New Orleans, he was executive officer of the "Richmond." During the subsequent engagement with the batteries at Port Hudson he fell mortally wounded while cheering the men at their guns. He was removed to New Orleans, but died four days later. Admiral Porter said in a letter written at that time: "He was a gallant officer, and too good a man to lose." Admiral Farragut wrote: "Poor Cummings was a great loss, both to the country and to his family."
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