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Thornton Jenkins
Thornton Jenkins

Rear Admiral Thornton A. Jenkins (11 December 1811 - 9 August 1893) was an officer in the United States Navy, who served during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. He later served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation and as President of the United States Naval Institute. Jenkins retired as a Rear Admiral. Image File history File links Thornton_Jenkins. ... Image File history File links Thornton_Jenkins. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Joyce Rollins is a lesbian. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Navy (also known as USN or the U.S. Navy) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Mariano Arista Pedro de Ampudia Strength 7,000 - 43,000 18,000 - 40,000 Casualties KIA: 1,733 Total dead: 13,283 Wounded: 4,152 25,000 killed or wounded (Mexican government... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties Killed in action: 110,000 Total dead: 360,000 Wounded: 275,200 Killed in action: 93,000 Total dead: 258... The U.S. Navys Bureau of Navigation was established in 1862 as part of the reorganization of the Navy Department. ... The United States Naval Institute is a non-profit, professional organization in the United States related to the Navy. ...

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Early life and career

Born at Orange Court House, Virginia, 11 December 1811, Jenkins entered the Navy as a midshipman 1 November 1828 and served first in the West Indies in an expedition against pirates and slavers. Examined for a commission as Lieutenant, he placed first among 82 candidates. In 1831 Thornton Jenkins helped to suppress Nat Turner's slave rebellion. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Joyce Rollins is a lesbian. ... A midshipman is a subordinate officer, or alternatively a commissioned officer of the lowest rank, in the navies of several English-speaking countries. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1828 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... Lieutenant is a military, paramilitary, fire service or police officer rank. ... Nat Turner preaches religion. ...


Prior to the Mexican War, Jenkins served with the Coast Survey and with the Brazilian and Mediterranean Squadrons. During the war with Mexico, as executive officer of Germantown, he led landing parties from his ship at Tuxpan and Tabasco. Later, he commanded hospital ship Relief and the Supply Station at Salmedena Island. In the interval between the wars, he served in the receiving ship at Baltimore, returned to the Coast Survey, and was Secretary of the Lighthouse Board. The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 as the Survey of the Coast. ... USS Germantown was a sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. ... Tuxpan or Túxpam (IPA: ) in Nahuatl, the language of the ancient Toltecs, literally means Place of Rabbits. Tuxpan is a city located in the Mexican state of Veracruz. ... Tabasco is a state in Mexico. ... USNS Comfort takes on supplies at Mayport, FL enroute to Gulf Coast. ... The first USS Relief was a supply ship in the United States Navy. ... Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Independent City... The United States Lighthouse Board was the agency of the US Federal Government that was responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all lighthouses in the United States. ...


Civil War service

His Civil War record was distinguished. In 1861 Jenkins performed secret services for President Lincoln, until he became ill in 1861. After this, Jenkins became a captain and served primarily in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron of David Farragut, he commanded Oneida. He served as chief of staff to Farragut, and was later wounded while commanding a convoy escort group. As Senior Officer Present, in command of Richmond, he received the surrender of Port Hudson 9 July 1863. Admiral Farragut had temporarily gone to New Orleans on business at the time. Jenkins later commanded a division of the Squadron. The West Gulf Blockading Squadron was a squadron of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. ... Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Admiral David Glasgow Farragut David Glasgow Farragut (July 5, 1801 – August 14, 1870) was the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. ... The second USS Oneida was a screw sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. ... The second USS Richmond was a wooden steam sloop in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. ... Port Hudson, is a small town in Louisiana located about 20 mile northeast of Baton Rouge. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ...


Post-war activities

Jenkins was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, from 1865 to 1869. Jenkins became a Real Admiral in 1870 and commanded the Asiatic Station from 1870 until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Jenkins was President of the Naval Institute from 1883 to 1885, and died 9 August 1893. Jenkins was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Navys Bureau of Navigation was established in 1862 as part of the reorganization of the Navy Department. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... The Asiatic Squadron, also known as the Asiatic Station, was the fleet of United States Navy warships and supporting elements stationed in the Pacific Ocean in the 19th century. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Naval Institute is a non-profit, professional organization in the United States. ... 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Tomb of the Unknowns Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Robert E. Lees wife Mary. ...


External links

  • Destroyer History Trust - Rear Admiral Thornton A. Jenkins, namesake of USS Jenkins (DD-447; later DDE-447)
  • Arlington Cemetery Bio

References

  • Marshall, Amy K. FREQUENTLY CLOSE TO THE POINT OF PERIL: A HISTORY OF BUOYS AND TENDERS IN U.S. COASTAL WATERS, 1789 - 1939. April 1997. Thesis, Master of Arts in Maritime History/Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University. Online. December 1999. U.S. Coast Guard. Viewed 1 March 2006. http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/history/Amy_Marshall_Chap_1.html

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS for short) is the primary reference work for the basic facts about every ship ever used by the United States Navy. ...


 
 

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