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Crosby, Peirce

Naval officer; born near Chester, Pa., Jan. 16, 1823; entered the navy as midshipman in 1844; was engaged in the war with Mexico; and was very active as commander on the coast of North Carolina during portions of the Civil War. He was specially brave and [435] skilful in the capture of the forts at Cape Hatteras, at the passage of the forts on the lower Mississippi in the spring of 1862, and at Vicksburg in June and July the same year. He was in command of the Metacomet during the operations which led to the capture of Mobile in 1865. In 1882 he was promoted to rearadmiral, and in the following year was retired. He died near Washington, D. C., June 15, 1899.

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