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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Worden, John Lorimer 1818-1897 (search)
ment at Richmond, and, on the 18th, was exchanged for Lieutenant Sharpe, of the Confederate navy. Worden was the first prisoner of war held by the Confederates. In March, 1862, he commanded the Monitor, which fought the Merrimac (see Monitor and Merrimac), when he was severely injured about the head. In command of the Montauk, in the South Atlantic blockading squadron, he engaged Fort McAllister, Ga., in January and February, 1863, and attacked and destroyed the Nashville, under the guns of that fort, on Feb. 28. He was engaged in the attempt to capture Charleston, under the command of Dupont, in April, 1863. From 1869 to 1874 he was superintendent of the naval academy at Annapolis, and in 1876 was in command of the European Station. He was promoted rear-admiral Nov. 20, 1872; and was retired under a special act of Congress, Dec. 23, 1886. For his important services in encountering the Merrimac, he received the thanks of Congress. He died in Washington, D. C., Oct. 18, 1897.