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McKINSTRY, James Paterson, naval officer, born in Spencertown, Columbia County, New York, 9 February, 1807; died in Detroit, Michigan, 11 February, 1873. He entered the navy as midshipman, 1 February, 1826, and became lieutenant, 9 February, 1837, and commanded the mail-steamer "Georgia" in 1854-'5. On 14 September, 1855, he was appointed commander, was lighthouse-inspector in 1858-'9, and assigned to the "Dakota," of the blockading squadron, in 1861. He was commissioned captain, 16 July, 1862, had charge of the steam sloop "Monongahela," of the Western Gulf blockading squadron, and was present at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, where he was severely injured, being thrown with violence on the deck when the bridge on which he was standing was shot away. During the remainder of the civil war he was forced to remain inactive. On 25 July, 1866, he was appointed commodore, and after serving as commandant of the naval station in Sackett's Harbor, New York, he was retired on 9 February, 1869.
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