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Union military officer

James Agustin Greer, American Union military officer.


Greer, James Agustin was born on February 28, 1833 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Son of James and Caroline King Greer.


Married Mary Randolph, d. Captain T. T. Webb, United States Navy, November 26, 1857. Educated private schools, Dayton, Ohio.

Entered navy as midshipman, January 10, 1848. Became Lieutenant, September 16, 1855. Lieutenant commander, July 16, 1862.

Assisted in removal of Mason and Slidell from English steamer “Trent”. Commanded iron-clad “Benton” and a div. of Admiral Porter’s squadron at passage of Vicksburg batteries, April 16, 1863, and succeeding engagements. Fought batteries of Grand Gulf for 5 hours, April 29, 1863.

Was with the Red River expeditions, etc. Afterward promoted through various grades to rear admiral. Commanded the “Tigress” in the “Polaris” search expedition, 1873, finding the wreck at Littleton Island, N. Greenland.

Commanded United States European naval Station, 1887-1889. Chairman of Lighthouse Board, 1891-1894.


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