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HUGHES, Anson K., naval officer, born in New York city, 31 March, 1822. He entered the navy as a midshipman, 20 October, 1838; became a lieutenant, 9 September, 1853; commander, 16 November, 1862; captain, 10 February, 1869; commodore in 1875, and rear-admiral in 1882. He made a voyage to Puget sound in the sloop-of-war "Decatur" in 1855, and had a fight on shore at the town of Seattle with 500 Indians, whom he defeated, 25 January, 1855. He commanded the "Water-Witch," of the Gulf squadron, in 1861-'2; the steamer "Mohawk," of the South Atlantic squadron, 1862-'3, and the steamer "Cimmaron" of that squadron in 1863-'4, and participated in the bombardment of the other works in Charleston harbor. In 1884 he was retired from the service.
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