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Meade, Richard Worsam 1837-1897

Naval officer; born in New York City, Oct. 9, 1837; entered the navy as midshipman in 1850; promoted passed midshipman, 1856; master and lieutenant, 1858; lieutenant-commander, 1862; commander, 1868; captain, 1880; commodore, 1892; and rear-admiral, 1894; and was retired in May, 1895. During the Civil War he served with much distinction. In 1861-62 he was instructor in gunnery on the receiving ship Ohio, in Boston; in the latter half of 1862 he commanded the Louisville, and was employed in aiding the Western armies and in checking guerilla warfare between Memphis and Helena on the Mississippi [150] River. From September, 1863, till May, 1864, he commanded the gunboat Marblehead, of the South Atlantic blockading squadron. He took part in the battle of Stono River, S. C., Dec. 25, 1863, when he resisted the Confederate attempts to sink his vessel, drive the National transports out of the river, and turn the left flank of General Gillmore. Later he landed and destroyed the batteries of the enemy. In 1864-65, while with the Western Gulf blockading squadron, he destroyed or captured seven blockade-runners. In 1870, in the international yacht race in New York Harbor, he commanded the America, which outsailed the English competitor, Cambria. In 1893 he was naval commissioner to the World's Columbian Exhibition. His retirement before the age limit resulted from a disagreement with the Navy Department concerning the way in which he had been treated officially. An article which appeared in the New York Tribune represented Admiral Meade as criticising the administration, and using the sentence, “I am an American and a Union man—two things this administration can't stand.” Subsequently when Secretary Herbert asked him to affirm or deny this criticism he returned a non-committal answer. Soon there were rumors that he would be court-martialled for disrespect to the President, whereupon he requested his retirement. President Cleveland, in granting his request, censured his conduct. He died in Washington, D. C., May 4, 1897.

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