Naval officer; born in New Haven, Conn.
, Sept. 12, 1806; entered the navy as midshipman in 1822; was flag-lieutenant of the Mediterranean
squadron in 1833; and in 1838, as first lieutenant of the ship John Adams
, under Commodore Read
, he circumnavigated the globe, and took part in an attack on the pirates of Sumatra
He was one of the first to introduce (1841) the principle of total abstinence from intoxicating drinks into the United States navy; and on the Cumberland
(1843-45) he delivered, on Sundays, extemporary sermons to his crew.
He successfully engaged in the suppression of the slave-trade on the coast of Africa
In command of the China station
in 1856, when the Chinese and English were at war, Foote
himself to protect American property, and was fired upon by the Celestials.
His demand for an apology was refused, and he stormed and captured four Chinese
forts, composed of granite walls 7 feet thick and mounting 176 guns, with a less of forty men. The Chinese
garrison of 5,000 men lost 400 of their number killed and wounded.
In the summer of 1861 Foote
was made captain, and in September was appointed flag-officer of a flotilla of gunboats fitted out chiefly at Cairo
, and commanded the naval expedition against Fort Henry
(q. v.) and Fort Donelson
(q. v.) on the Tennessee
and Cumberland rivers
, early in 1862, in co-operation with General Grant
In the attack on the latter he was severely wounded in the ankle by a fragment of a shell.
Though suffering, he commanded the naval attack on Island number ten
(q. v.). After its reduction he returned to his home at New Haven.
He was promoted to rear-admiral in July, 1862; and in May, 1863, was ordered to take command of the South Atlantic squadron, but died while preparing in New York to leave for Charleston
, June 26.