(1812–65) naval officer, born in Charleston, South Carolina. Drayton was recognized for his expertise in ordnance. Drayton served as chief of staff to David Farragut and as captain of the Hartford, Farragut's flagship, during the attack on Mobile Bay (1864). Earlier he had commanded the gunboat Pocahontas during the attack on Port Royal (1861) and the ironclad Passaic in attacks against Fort McAllister (1863). During the war Drayton also served as superintendent of ordnance for the New York Navy Yard (1863).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.