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KILTY, Augustus Henry, naval officer, born in Annapolis, Maryland, 25 November, 1807; died in Baltimore, 10 November, 1879. He was appointed a midshipman in 1821, served on the "Franklin" and the " Constitution," became a passed midshipman on 28 April, 1832, was in the West Indies for the next three years, and then on shore duty till he was commissioned lieutenant on 6 September, 1837. Afterward he was sent to the East Indies. He also served in the Mediterranean. in Brazil, and on the coast of Africa, was commissioned commander on 14 September, 1855, and in 1861 was ordered to St. Louis to organize the Mississippi flotilla.. He commanded the gun-boat "Mound City" at Island No. 10 and at Fort Pillow, where his vessel was sunk, but was afterward raised and repaired. In June, 1862, he commanded an expedition to White river, Arkansas, and on 17 June he attacked and captured Fort St. Charles with the support of a land force. Near the close of this action he lost over one hundred of his crew by an explosion, caused by a shot which entered the steam drum, and was himself so badly seal
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