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FORREST, French, naval officer, born in Maryland in 1796; died in Georgetown, D. C., 22 December 1866. He became a midshipman, 9 June 1811, and fought bravely in the war of 1812, distinguishing himself under Com. Perry in the battles on Lake Erie, and in the action between the "Hornet" and the "Peacock" on 24 February 1813. He was advanced to a lieutenancy, 5 March 1817, made commander, 9 February 1837, and captain, 30 March 1844. During the war with Mexico he was adjutant general of the land and naval forces, and superintended the transportation of troops into the interior of that country. At the beginning of the civil war, when Virginia seceded, he joined the Confederates, and was given the command of the navy. He took charge at Norfolk navy yard, and afterward was appointed to the command of the James River squadron. He then became acting assistant secretary of the navy.
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