From the Crew of the CSS Virginia "The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender."
Born in South Carolina and appointed from there to the U.S. Naval Academy. Tendered resignation Feb. 10, 1861 and accepted four days later.
Appointed midshipman in Confederate States Navy on April 23, 1861. Served in the Savannah Station in 1861, made acting master on September 24,1861.
Served on CSS Nashville in 1861-1862. Promoted to second lieutenant and lieutenant for war February 8, 1862. He was boarding officer of the Nashville when it captured the Robert Gilfillan on Feb. 26, 1862.
Assigned to the ironclad CSS Virginia March 9, 1862. This was the day that it engaged the USS Monitor in that famous sea battle.