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LULL, Edward Phelps, naval officer, born in Windsor, Vermont, 20 February, 1836; died in Pensacola, Florida, 5 March, 1887. His mother was left a widow in straitened circumstances with a large family of children, and removed to Wisconsin, from which state her son was appointed acting midshipman in the navy, 7 October, 1851. He was promoted midshipman m 1855, passed midshipman and master in 1858, and lieutenant in 1860. On his return from his second cruise in the latter year he became assistant professor of ethics at the Naval academy, and teacher of fencing. In May, 1861, he was ordered to the "Roanoke," and thus took part in the engagement between that frigate and the Confederate forts at Hatteras inlet in the following July. In September he was sent back to the academy, where he remained until, in 1863, he became commandant of midshipmen and executive officer of that institution. In July, 1862, he had been promoted lieutenant-commander, and in December, 1863, he was ordered to active service, participating in the battle of Mobile Bay and subsequent engagements. He was successively in command of the captured Confederate "Tennessee," at the bombardment of Fort Morgan in August, 1864, the 3d division of the Mississippi squadron, the "Seminole" in the blockade of Galveston, and the iron-clad "Lafayette." After the war he was again at the naval "academy in 1867-'9, had command of the Nicaragua survey expedition in 1872-'3, was a member of the interoceanic ship-canal commission in 1873-'4, and the following year had charge of a special survey of the Panama canal route. From 1875 till 1880 he was hydrographic inspector of coast survey, and in 1881 he was made captain, having reached the grade of commander in 1870. Captain Lull was a member of several learned societies. He received the degree of A. M. from Princeton in 1868.
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