Continued from Dec. 1st, 2015.
Franklin Buchanan commanded the CSS Virginia on the first day of battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia, but was wounded and Catesby ap Jones commanded the ship in its battle against the USS Monitor.
He was promoted to admiral and the ranking officer in the Confederate Navy and sent to Mobile to command the fleet there. he oversaw construction of the ironclad CSS Tennessee and fought Union Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Fort Fisher's formidable Battery Buchanan was named after him.
After the war, he served briefly as president of the Agricultural College of Maryland and the manager of an insurance company.
Admiral Franklin is described as "a champion of unsurpassed ability and bravery" and "a man of heroic mould, and one whose acts will be the theme of historians, and whose character will be the study and admiration of coming years."