From Confederate States Navy site.
Joined Confederate Navy August 21, 1862 and appointed lieutenant from Virginia, late a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Son of John and Mary DeBree. Served U.S. Navy 1841-1861. Dismissed in 1861 for failure to take Oath of Allegiance to United States and eventually served in Confederate Navy.
His father also served in the U.S. Navy and served at Norfolk, Virginia.