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McKEEVER, Isaac, naval officer, born in Pennsylvania in April, 1793; died in Norfolk, Virginia, 1 April, 1856. He entered the United States navy as midshipman in 1809, was made lieutenant in 1814, and commanded one of a flotilla of five gun-boats under Lieutenant Thomas ap Catesby Jones, that was captured by a British expedition on Lake Borgne, Louisiana, in December, 1814. The gun-boats mounted collectively 23 guns, and were manned by 182 men. The "British expedition consisted of 42 large barges and other boats, manned by more than 1,000 seamen and marines. The engagement, which was very severe, lasted three hours, and 200 of the British were killed and wounded. Lieutenant McKeever's vessel was the last one to be attacked, and he was severely wounded, together with most of his officers, before he surrendered. He was commissioned commander in 1830, and captain in 1838, performing much active service in both grades. In 1855 he had charge of the navy-yard at Norfolk, Virginia, when a pestilenee broke out in that city and the adjacent towns. He was authorized by the navy department to suspend operations in the yard and leave for a time, should he see fit, but he decided to remain, that work might be given those who depended upon it for support of their families.--His son, Chauncey, soldier, born in Maryland, about 1828, was graduated at the United States military academy in 1849, and assigned to the artillery. He was promoted 1st lieutenant, 24 December, 1853, and captain of staff and assistant adjutant-general, 3 August, 1861. During the civil war he took part in the battles of Bull Run and other engagements. After being promoted staff major and lieutenant-colonel, he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel in 1864, and colonel and brigadier-general, 13 March, 1865, for " diligent, faithful, and meritorious services in the adjutant-general's department." On 9 March, 1875, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel and assistant adjutant-general, and he is now (1888) on duty in San Francisco, California.
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