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FRAILEY, James Madison, naval officer, born in Maryland, 6 May 1809; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 September 1877. He entered the U. S. Navy, as a midshipman, 1 May 1828, became passed midshipman in 1836, lieutenant in 1839, commander in 1861, captain in 1866, and a commodore in 1872. He served in the naval battery before Vera Cruz, and commanded the steamer " Quaker City," of the South Atlantic blockading squadron, in 1862'4. This vessel was struck by a shell and partially disabled in an attack by Confederate rams off Charleston, 31 January 1863. He commanded the "Tuscarora" in both attacks on Fort Fisher, and the steam sloop "Saranac," of the North Pacific squadron, in 1867'8. He was appointed to the command of League Island naval station on 30 April 1870, and was retired from the service, 6 May 1871.
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