William Radford


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(1809–90) Union naval officer. Radford, born in Virginia but raised in Kentucky, spent the first few years of his navy career cruising the Mediterranean and the Caribbean; he was instrumental in the capture of a Mexican warship during the Mexican War (1846–48). He then spent several years on shore duty, returning to active command of the steam sloop Dacotah in 1859. When the Civil War broke out, Radford's southern roots led to his losing his command of the Dacotah, but his command was restored to him and he commanded a warship during the blockade of Virginia.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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