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BRAINE, Daniel Lawrence, naval officer, born in New York City, 18 May, 1829. He was appointed to the navy from Texas as a midshipman, 30 May, 1846, and during the Mexican war was in the actions at Alvarado, Tabasco, Laguna, Tuspan, Tampico, and Vera Cruz. He was made passed midshipman, 8 June, 1852, master in 1855, and lieutenant, 15 September, 1858. At the beginning of the civil war he was selected by the union defense committee to command the steamer "Monticello," fitted out in forty-eight hours to provision Fortress Monroe. The "Monticello" was afterward attached to the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and on 19 May, 1861, participated in the first naval engagement of the war, with a battery of five guns, at Sewall's Point, Virginia In October, 1861, he attacked the confederate gun-boats above Cape Hatteras and dispersed two regiments of infantry, sinking two barges filled with soldiers, and rescuing the 20th Indiana regiment, who were cut off from Hatteras inlet by the enemy. On 15 July, 1862, he received his commission as lieutenant commander, and from that time till 1864 was in numerous engagements, commanding the "Pequot " in the attacks on Fort Fisher, Fort Anderson, and the forts on Cape Fear river. For "cool performance of his duty" in these fights he was recommended for promotion by Rear-Admiral Porter in his dispatch of 28 January, 1865, and on 25 July, 1866, was commissioned as commander. He had charge of the equipment department of the Brooklyn navy yard from 1869 till 1872, and commanded the "Juniata," of the Polaris search expedition, in 1873. In the latter part of that year he demanded and received the "Virginius" prisoners at Santiago de Cuba, and brought them to New York. He became captain on 11 December, 1874, commodore, 2 March, 1885, and president of the naval board of inspection at New York on 1 July, 1885. He was appointed acting rear-admiral on 12 August, 1886, and ordered to the command of the South Atlantic squadron.
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