About Commander Dennis W. Mullan
Dennis W. Mullan was born in Maryland, probably in the early 1840s. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from Kentucky in September 1860 and graduated in 1863, receiving the rank of Ensign in October 1863.
For most of the rest of the Civil War he served in the screw sloop Monongahela in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, taking part in operations along the Texas coast and in the August 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay. In 1865, he served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron on board USS Malvern.
Promoted to the rank of Master in November 1865, Mullan served on the Pacific Station in 1865-67 in the gunboat Mohongo and in the cruiser De Soto in the Atlantic in 1867-68. During this time he advanced in rank to Lieutenant and Lieutenant Commander.
During 1868-1871, Lieutenant Commander Mullan was assigned to the gunboat Monocacy in the Far East, where he participated in the 1871 assaults on Korean fortifications.
After service at the Mare Island Navy Yard, he returned to Asian waters in 1873-76 in the gunboat Saco. He was Executive Officer of the gunboat Adams in the Pacific during 1879-1881 and served as an observer during the War of the Pacific between Chile and Peru.
During the mid-1880s, Commander Mullan received torpedo instruction, then commanded a force of monitors stationed on the James River, Virginia.
In 1887, he became Commanding Officer of the gunboat Nipsic, taking her around South America on an eventful cruise that climaxed with the 15-16 March 1889 hurricane at Apia, Samoa. Though driven ashore and damaged, Nipsic was the only one of three U.S. Navy ships present to survive the storm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nipsic_(1863)
Commander Mullan served as a Lighthouse Inspector from 1891 into 1894, then commanded the screw sloops Marion and Mohican in the Pacific until 1896. He was in charge of the Navy Yard at Pensacola, Florida, in 1896-97 and retired from active duty in July 1901.
Commander Dennis W. Mullan died at Annapolis, Maryland, on 17 December 1928.