From the Naval Encyclopedia.
From New Hampshire. Graduate of USNA in 1856.
On July 31, 1863, he was promoted to lieutenant commander and ordered to take command of the USS Sciota on blockade duty off the Texas coast. On April 7, 1864, the ship captured the blockade-runner Mary Sorley with a load of cotton bound for Havana.
On April 20, 1864, he was released from command and ordered to head north, but stopped along the way and volunteered to command the monitor USS Chickasaw on July 28, 1864, and took part in the battle of Mobile Bay and helped capture the CSS Tennessee.