Thursday, March 24, 2011
George Dewey: Admiral and Civil War Sailor
During the American Civil War, Dewey was promoted to Lieutenant just one week after the war broke out at Fort Sumter. During the period 26 April 1861, until 30 August 1867, he had consecutive service on USS Mississippi, USS Brooklyn, USS Agawam, USS Colorado, USS Kearsarge, USS Canadiagua, and again USS Colorado.
According to William J. Lawrence's A Concise Life of Admiral George Dewey, the young officer was personally commended by Admiral David D. Porter at the Battle of Fort Fisher for seizing the initiative to take out a number of works on shore. The New York Times picked up the story in their depiction of the battle, thus making the future Admiral an up and coming star in the eyes of the American public.
His service record during the Civil War included service in the West Gulf and North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. By the end of the war, Dewey held the rank of Lieutenant Commander (3 March 1865).