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Melancton Smith

(1810—1893)


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(1810–1893) Union naval officer. From New York City, Smith began his naval career in the Pacific and in the Caribbean; he served in the Seminole War (1839–40) and in the Mexican War, during which he was executive officer of the Pensacola Navy Yard. During the Civil War, Smith fought in a number of engagements, including with Admiral David Farragut at New Orleans, where he heavily damaged a Confederate ram. His actions won him promotion to captain in 1862. He commanded several ships, including the Wabash, in which he participated in the attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina.

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

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