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EAGLE, Henry, naval officer, born in New York City, 7 April 1801; died 26 November 1882. His father was from Dublin, Ireland, and was major of an Irish brigade in New York, and (luring the war of 1812 assisted in preparing earthworks near Fort Greene. The son entered the navy as a midshipman on 1 January 1818, and was commissioned as a lieutenant to the West Indies in 1827. After service in Brazil and on the Pacific coast, he was made commander in 1844, and superintended the construction of the Stevens iron battery at Hoboken, New Jersey, to which he devoted several years, acting as inspector in New York in 1846. He commanded the bomb vessel "2Etna" and a division of the squadron during the Mexican war, and was civil and military governor, and collector of the ports of Tabasco, Mexico, in 1847'8. In September 1855, he was commissioned captain. He was the bearer of important communications from Brooklyn to Washington at the outbreak of the civil war, volunteered for the command of the gunboat "Monticello," made the first naval attack of the war, and silenced the guns of Sewell's Point battery, Virginia, 19 May 1861. Subsequently he commanded the frigate "Santee," of the Gulf blockading squadron, and during his service a boat expedition from that vess,.1 captured and destroyed the privateer "Royal Yacht," in the harbor of Galveston. Texas. He was promoted commodore in 1862, and on 1 January 1863, was placed on the retired list. In 1.864 and 1865 he was engaged as prize commissioner, and in that year became lighthouse inspector, which office he held for one year.
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