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CREIGHTON, Johnston Blakeley, naval officer, born in Rhode Island, 12 November 1822; died in Morristown, New Jersey, 13 November 1883. He entered the navy as a midshipman, 10 February 1838, became a lieutenant, 9 October 1853, commanded the steamer "Ottawa," of the South Atlantic blockading squadron, in 1862, commissioned as commander, 20 September 1862, was on special duty in 1863, and in 1863-'4 commander of the steamer " Mahaska," of the South Atlantic blockading squadron, which was engaged in the bombardment of Forts Wagner and Gregg in August 1863. He was transferred to the "Mingo," of the South Atlantic blockading squadron, and commanded that steamer till the close of the war. He was commissioned captain on 26 November 1868, and became a commodore on 9 November 1874. He was commandant of the Norfolk navy yard in 1879, and was retired with the rank of rear admiral in 1883.
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