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BALDWIN, Charles H., naval officer, born in New York City, 3 September 1822. He entered the navy as midshipman 24 April 1839, and became passed midshipman 2 July 1845. In the war with Mexico he served on the frigate "Congress," and was in two shore engagements near Mazatlan while that place was occupied by the United States forces. In November 1853, he was made lieutenant, and on 28 February 1854, he resigned. He reentered the service in 1861, and commanded the steamer "Clifton," of the mortar flotilla, at the passage of forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862, and at the first attack on Vicksburg, 28 June 1862. On 18 November 1862, he became commander, and in 1868 and 1869 was fleet-captain of the North Pacific squadron. He was made captain in 1869, and in 1869 and 1871 was ordnance inspector at Mare island, California On 8 August 1876, he was made commodore, and from 1876 to 1879 was a member of the board of examiners. On 31 January 1883, he was raised to the rank of rear admiral, and assigned to the command of the Mediterranean squadron. He attended officially the coronation of the emperor of Russia, and in 1884 was placed on the retired list.
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