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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wells, Clark Henry 1822-1888 (search)
Wells, Clark Henry 1822-1888 Naval officer; born in Reading, Pa., Sept. 22, 1822; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1846; served in the Mexican War; was on the Petrel when that vessel took part in covering the disembarking of Scott's army and in the bombardment of Vera Cruz; and accompanied the expedition which took Tampico and Tuspan in 1846-47. When the Civil War broke out he was made executive officer of the steamer Susquehanna, which participated in the capture of Port Royal, S. C.; commanded a number of boat expeditions against batteries in the inland coast waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida; promoted lieutenant-commander in July, 1862; commanded the steamer Galena of the Western Gulf blockading squadron; and was present at the battle of Mobile Bay. Subsequently he served with Admiral Porter at Hampton Roads; was promoted captain in June, 1871; rearadmiral, Aug. 1, 1884; and was retired Sept. 22, following. He died in Washington, D. C., Jan. 28, 1