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QUEEN, Walter W, naval officer, born in Washington, D. C., 6 October, 1824. He entered the United States navy as a midshipman in 1841, was attached during the Mexican war to the frigate " Cumberland," and participated in the attacks on Alvarado, Tampico, Tuspan, and Vera Cruz. He was dismissed from the service in 1848 for participation as a principal in a duel, was reinstated in 1853, and became lieutenant in 1855. He was on special duty in the steam sloop "Powhatan" in 1861, re-enforced Fort Pickens, Florida, and served nineteen days on shore in charge of the boats of the fleet. He commanded the 2d division of the mortar flotilla under David D. Porter during the bombardment of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip, and during the attack on Vicksburg when Flag-Officer David G. Farragut passed the batteries with his fleet. He became lieutenant-commander in 1862, was on ordnance duty in 1862-'3, and in charge of the steam gunboat " Wyalusing," of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, in 1863-'4. On 5 May, 1864, with that vessel, he engaged the Confederate ram "Albemarle," with her consorts the "Bombshell" and the " Cotton-Plant." He became commander, with special duty on the "Hartford," in 1866, captain in 1874, commodore in 1883, and rear-admiral, 27 August, 1886, and was retired in October.
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