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RIDGELY, Daniel Boone, naval officer, born near Lexington, Kentucky, 1 August, 1813; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 May, 1868. He entered the navy as midshipman, 1 April, 1828, and was commissioned lieutenant, 10 September, 1840. During the Mexican war he was attached to the sloop "Albany," and participated in the bombardment and capture of Verst Cruz, Tuspan, Alvarado, and Tampico in 1846-'9. He was attached to the naval observatory at Washington in 1850-'2, cruised in the sloop "Germantown" in 1854 in the West Indies, and was commissioned commander, 14 September, 1855. In 1857-'8 he commanded the steamer "Atlanta" in the Paraguayan expedition. He was on leave when the civil war began, but volunteered for active set'-vice promptly, commanded the steamer "Santiago de Cuba" in the West Indies during the early part of the contest, from 1861 till 1863, and was successful in capturing blockade-runners. He was commissioned captain, 16 July, 1862. In 1864-'5 he commanded the steamer "Shenandoah" on the North Atlantic blockade, and assisted in both attacks on Fort Fisher. In the year 1865 he was on the "Powhatan" with Admiral Rodgers's squadron in the Pacific ocean, and returned in command of the steamer " Lancaster" in 1867. Captain Ridgely was promoted to the rank of commodore, 25 July, 1866, and was a member of the board of naval examiners at Philadelphia in the year 1867 and at the time of his death.
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