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Augustus Ludlow Case

CASE, Augustus Ludlow, naval officer, born in Newburg, New York, 3 February, 1818. He entered the navy as midshipman, 1 April, 1828, and became passed midshipman, 14 June, 1834. From 1837 till 1842 he was engaged in the South sea surveying and exploring expedition, and was promoted to lieutenant, 25 February, 1841. He served in the gulf of Mexico from 1846 till 1848 during the Mexican war, and was present at the capture of Vera Cruz, Alvarado, and Tabasco, superintending the landing of men, ordnance, and stores for the siege of Vera Cruz. After the capture of Laguna he was sent with twenty-five men up the Palisada River to capture the town of the same name in the hope of intercepting General Santa Anna. The town was taken and held for two weeks against a large body of cavalry. Lieutenant Case commanded the sloop-of-war "Warren " in 1852-'3, and was light-house inspector at New York from 1853 till 1857. He was promoted, 14 September, 1855, and commanded the steamer "Caledonia " on the Paraguay expedition in 1859. At the beginning of the civil war Commander Case was appointed fleet-captain of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, took part in the capture of Forts Clarke and Hatteras, 28 and 29 August, 1861, and was specially named by flag-officer String-ham in his report of 2 September At Hampton Roads he rendered valuable assistance to Flag-Officer Golds-borough in manning and equipping the many vessels sent to him in an unprepared condition, and was commended in a report, together with Commander Rowan, for "marked ability and sound sense." He took part in all the operations of the North Atlantic fleet till January, 1863, when he was assigned to the " Iroquois," which was fitted to look after the "Alabama." He had charge of the blockade of New Inlet, North Carolina, in 1863, and in August of that year, aided by the steamers "James Adger" and "Mount Vernon," cut out the steamer "Kate" from under Fort Fisher and the other batteries at New Inlet. He became captain, 2 January, 1863, and in 1865-'6 was fleet-captain of the European squadron. He was made commodore, 8 December, 1867, was chief of the ordnance bureau from 1869 till 1873, and promoted to rear-admiral, 24 May, 1872. In 1874 he commanded the combined European, North Atlantic, and South Atlantic fleets assembled at Key West at the time of the "Vir-ginius" difficulties with Spain. On 3 February, 1875, he was placed on the retired list, and has since resided in Newport, Rhode Island

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