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GREER, James Augustin, naval officer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 28 February, 1833. He entered the navy as midshipman, 10 January 1848, became lieutenant, 16 September, 1855, and lieutenant-commander, 16 July, 1862. He commanded the iron-clad "Benton" and a division of Admiral Porter's squadron at the passage of the Vicksburg batteries on 16 April, 1863, and in the succeeding engagements on the Mississippi until the fall of that City. He also accompanied the Red River expedition. He was made commander, 25 July, 1866, and in 1873 commanded the " Tigress" in the "Polaris" search expedition. He was promoted to the grade of captain on 26 April, 1876, in 1886 served as president of the examining board, and in the same year was made commodore.
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