US Navy Historical Center Photograph HN42384

       Captain John A. Winslow
     U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Kearsarge

   John A. Winslow was born in 1811 in North Carolina. He began his service in the U.S. Navy in 1827 as a midshipman. He served in the Mexican War where he was commended for gallantry. At the outbreak of the Civil War he first commanded the USS Benton, a gun boat in the Mississippi River, before taking command of the USS Kearsarge in 1863. He pursued and sunk the CSS Alabama in 1864. He was promoted to commodore for this victory. In 1870 he was advanced to admiral and was given command of the Pacific Squadron. He died in 1873 in Boston, shortly after his retirement the previous year.

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2007, Special Collections, Marshall University