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HARRISON, Napoleon Bonaparte, naval officer, born in Virginia, 19 February, 1823; died in Key West, Florida. 27 October. 1870. He entered the navy as midshipman on 26 September, 1838, served in the Pacific squadron in 1847-'8, and was in California during the Mexican war, serving as a volunteer in the expedition that rescued General Kearny's command. In 1850 he was in the observatory in Washington, D. C., and in 1851-'2 was engaged in the coast survey. He was made lieutenant, 6 January, 1853, and appointed to the East Indian squadron. In 1862 he commanded the "Cayuga," the flag-ship of Captain Bailey, of the West Gulf blockading squadron, and led the fleet in the passage of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip, for which action he was commended in the official reports, he became commander on 16 July, 1862, and had charge of the "Mahaska," of the James river flotilla, during the operations of General McClellan before Richmond, and his retreat to Harrison's landing. In 1862-'3 he held command of the flag-ship "Minnesota," of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and subsequently was attached to the South Atlantic blockading squadron, taking part in the attacks on the South Carolina coast until the fall of Charleston. From 1866 till 1868 he was stationed in the navy yard at Portsmouth, New Hampshire He was made captain on 28 April, 1868, and in 1868-'9 was commandant of cadets in the United States naval academy. At the time of his death he commanded the "Congress," of the North Atlantic fleet.
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