Historical records matching Commodore Guert Gansevoort
About Commodore Guert Gansevoort
Wikipedia Biographical Summary:
Commodore Guert Gansevoort (7 June 1812 – 15 July 1868) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War..."
Biography: He was born into an aristocratic Dutch-American family in Gansevoort, New York, near Albany. The area was named for his paternal grandfather, Peter Gansevoort, a prosperous businessman who had served in the Continental Army and later become a brigadier general in the United States Army. Guert was the son of Peter's son Leonard. Peter's daughter, Maria, was the mother of author Herman Melville.
Gansevoort was appointed a Midshipman in the Navy 4 March 1823. Subsequently he served in the Mediterranean Sea on board Constitution, North Carolina, and Ohio. He served onboard USS Somers and participated in a court-martial which resulted in the execution of three sailors. His first cousin, Herman Melville, wrote the novella Billy Budd based on the events.
During the Mexican-American War, he took part in attacks on Tuxpan and Tabasco. In January 1856 during the Puget Sound War, Gansevoort landed seamen and marines from Decatur to defend Seattle, Washington Territory, from Native Americans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puget_Sound_War
Gansevoort was in charge of ordnance at the New York Navy Yard from 1861-63 helping fit out ships which had been acquired for blockade duty. He commanded the ironclad Roanoke in the last year of the Civil War.
He retired 28 January 1867 and died 15 July 1868 at Schenectady, New York..."
SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Guert Gansevoort', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 March 2010, 04:15 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Guert_Gansevoort&oldid=348894914> [accessed 15 September 2011]
- Guert Gansevoort Find A Grave Memorial# 102623181
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA Plot: Lot 21, Section 105
Commodore Guert Gansevoort's Timeline
June 7, 1812
Gansevoort Hamlet, Northumberland, Saratoga County, New York, USA
July 15, 1868
Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA, Plot: Lot 21, Section 105