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GLISSON, Oliver S., naval officer, born in Ohio, 18 January 1809. He was appointed midshipman from Indiana, 1 November, 1826, became lieutenant in 1837, and commanded the sloop "Reefer" during the Mexican war. He served in the navy yard at Norfolk, Virginia, from 1848 till 1850, when he was on special duty. He was attached to the steam frigate "Powhatan," of the East India squadron, in 1852, and from 1853 till 1855 was on the Japan expedition, being in Japan when the first treaty was made by Commander Perry. He was appointed commander, and assigned to the steamer "Mount Vernon " in the North Atlantic blockading squadron in 1861, became captain in 1862, and while in the "Mount Vernon" saved the transport "Mississippi," which was bound to New Orleans with 1,500 men of General Butler's expedition. It was supposed that she was intentionally run upon the Frying-pan shoal. He also burned a light-boat under the guns of Fort Caswell, while on the blockade of Wilmington, North Carolina He commanded the steam sloops "Iroquois" and "Mohican" in 1862, and the steamer " Santiago de Cuba" in 1864-'5. He was present in the two attacks on Fort Fisher, December, 1864, and January, 1865, and being recommended for promotion by Admiral Porter for covering the landing of the troops and carrying the division into action. He became commodore in 1866, and commanded the station at League Island, Pennsylvania, from 1867 till 1870, when he was appointed rear admiral and ordered to command the European fleet, he was retired 18 January 1871.
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