About Washburn Maynard
During the Spanish-American War, the gunboat USS Nashville, commanded by Washburn Maynard, fired the war's first American shot.
MAYNARD, Washburn, naval officer, was born in Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 5, 1844; son of Horace and Laura Ann (Washburn) Maynard; grandson of Ephraim and Diana Harriet (Cogswell) Maynard, and of Azel and Sallie (Skinner) Washburn, and a descendant of Sir John Maynard, who settled in Sudbury, Mass., 1638.
He was a student in the public schools of Westboro, Mass.; attended the East Tennessee university through the junior year and received private instruction, under the Rev. Frederick Esperandieu, near Knoxville. He was graduated at the U.S. Naval academy in June, 1866; was promoted ensign, March 12, 1868; master, March 26, 1869; and lieutenant, March 21, 1870.
He was married, Oct. 4, 1871, to Bessie, youngest daughter of the Rev. Charles Timothy, and Harriet Lyman (Hazard) Brooks of Newport, R.I. Of the children of this marriage, all of whom were born in Newport, George Stevens Maynard was born Jan. 23, 1873; Edward Washburn Maynard, Sept. 13, 1875, and Robert Washburn Maynard, Oct. 19, 1879.
He served on the California, Saranac and Richmond of the Pacific fleet, 1872-74, on special duty in connection with the seal fisheries, 1874-75, and on the iron-clad Wyandotte on the North Atlantic station in 1876. He was engaged on the coast survey, 1876-77, commanded the coast-survey steamer Fathomer in 1877, and was attached to the Tennessee on the North Atlantic station, 1879-82. He was promoted lieutenant-commander, Sept. 27, 1884; served on the Brooklyn on the North Atlantic and Asiatic stations, 1885-87; at the bureau of ordnance, 1887-91; commanded the Pinta, 1891-93, and served in the bureau of equipment, 1893-97. He was promoted commander, Sept. 27, 1893; commanded the Nashville Aug. 19, 1897, to July, 1899, and during the Spanish-American war, from April to August, 1898; was made lighthouse inspector of the 2d district, Dec. 12, 1899, and on March 9, 1900, was promoted captain.