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DAVENPORT, Henry Kallock, naval officer, born in Savannah, Georgia, 10 December 1820; died in Franzensbad, Bohemia, 18 August 1872. He entered the navy as midshipman in February 1838, and served on various vessels until 1844, when he was made passed midshipman and attached to the coast survey. Later he sailed on the " Columbia," and from 1849 till 1853 was connected with the mail-steamship service. After being promoted to lieutenant in December 1852, he spent some time on sea duty in various squadrons, being present at the capture of the Barrier forts, Canton River, in 1856, and later on shore duty at the U. S. observatory in Washington. During the civil war he was attached to the "Cumberland," and was present at the engagement off Hatteras Inlet. From 1861 till 1864 he commanded the steamer "Hetzel," and was engaged in the naval fight on James River in 1861, in the battle of Roanoke Island, at Newbern, and was senior officer in command of the sounds of North Carolina in 1862-'4, during which time he was in several battles and expeditions in these waters, covering the flanks of the army. He became commander in July 1862, and from 1864 till 1866 served in the Pacific squadron, commanding the "Lancaster" and "Powhatan," In 1868 he was promoted captain, and, after being engaged in navigation duty in Washington navy yard during 1867-'70, was given command of the "Congress," of the European squadron.
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