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DE CAMP, John, naval officer, born in New Jersey in 1812 ; died in Burlington, New Jersey, 25 June 1875. He was appointed to the navy from Florida in October 1827, and served on the sloop " Vandalia," of the Brazil squadron, in 1829'30. He was promoted to passed midshipman in 1833, was in the West India squadron till 1837, and commissioned lieutenant in 1838, and served on the frigate "Constitution" along the coast of Africa in 1854. He was commissioned commander in 1855, and served in the navy yard, New York, as lighthouse inspector and as commander of the storeship " Relief." he commanded the steam sloop "Iroquois" at the attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the capture of New Orleans (April 1862), and participated in various actions on the Mississippi, including Vicksburg, while in command of the " Wissahickon." He was commissioned captain in 1862, and was in the South Atlantic squadron in 1863'4. He was promoted to the rank of commodore in 1866, commanded the receiving ship " Potomac" in 1868'9, and was retired in 1870 with the rank of rear admiral.
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