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Fox, Gustavus Vasa 1821-1883

Naval officer; born in Saugus, Mass., June 13, 1821; appointed to the United States navy Jan. 12, 1838; resigned with the rank of lieutenant July 10, 1856; was sent to Fort Sumter for the purpose of opening communication with Major Anderson. Before the expedition reached Charleston the Confederates had opened fire on Fort Sumter and forced Major Anderson to surrender. He was subsequently appointed assistant Secretary of the Navy, and held this post until the end of the war. He planned operations of the navy, including the capture of New Orleans. He was sent by the United States government on the monitor Miantonomoh to convey the [412] congratulations of the United States Congress to Alexander II. on his escape from assassination. This was the longest voyage that had ever been made by a monitor. His visit to Russia materially aided the acquisition of Alaska by the United States government. He died in New York City, Oct. 29, 1883.

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