Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Alexander M. DeBree, CSN-- Part 1: Formerly of U.S.N.

Back on January 27, I wrote about him accepting a 6.4-inch Brooke Rifle at Tredegar Foundry in Richmond, Va., into Confederate service.  This cannon was eventually placed on the CSS Albemarle and today can be seen in Norfolk, Virginia.

I have been spending quite a lot of time since then finding out more about this man.

From Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of USN.  Also Confederate States Navy.

Alexander M. DeBree had been a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy before the Civil War. Born and appointed from Virginia.   On September 15, 1855, he was promoted to 1st Lt.  Also, DeBree taught philosophy at the U.S. Naval Academy as a passed midshipman.

He resigned and was dismissed Dec. 6, 1861.  He was held a prisoner at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor from late 1861 to early 1862 as a result of his disloyalty.

Appointed First Lt. CSN Oct. 5, 1862.  On ordnance duty 1862-1863 and at Ordnance Works in Richmond, Virginia in 1864.

--Ild B-Runner

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