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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gregory, Francis Hoyt 1789-1866 (search)
Gregory, Francis Hoyt 1789-1866 Naval officer; born in Norwalk, Conn., Oct. 9, 1789; entered the United States navy as midshipman in 1809; was made lieutenant in 1814, and captain in 1828. He served under Chauncey on Lake Ontario; was made a pd of the African squadron. During the Civil War he superintended the construction of iron-clads. On July 16, 1862, Captain Gregory was made a rear-admiral on the retired list. During the War of 1812, supplies for the British were constantly ascending the St. Lawrence. Chauncey ordered Lieutenant Gregory to capture some of them. With a small force he lay in ambush among the Thousand Islands in the middle of June, 1814. They were discovered, and a British gunboat was sent to attack them. T and captured their antagonist. She carried an 18-pounder carronade, and was manned by eighteen men. These were Francis H. Gregory. taken prisoners to Sackett's Harbor. This and other exploits, though appreciated at the time, were not then subs