John Carson Febiger
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 14, 1821, the grandson of Colonel
Christian Febiger, Revolutionary Army. Appointed Midshipman, USN, in 1838
and advanced through the ranks fo Rear Admiral on February 4, 1882, retiring
on June 1, 1882.
During the Civil War, he served on the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron and the North Atlantic Squadron. After the war, he served on the Asiatic Station and as Commandant of the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard.
He died at Londonderry, Maryland, on October 9, 1898 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
He is buried near Army First Lieutenant George
Lea Febiger, who was killed in action during the Philippine Insurrection.
After commanding various vessels in that and
the Mississippi squadron, he was given the "Mattabeset," of the North Atlantic
squadron, in 1864, and in that steamer took part, on 5 May 1864, in the
fight between the little fleet of wooden vessels, under Captain Melancton
Smith, and the Confederate ram "Albemarle," in Albemarle sound, N.C. In
this engagement the ram was defeated, and her tender, the Bombshell,"
captured, and Febiger was commended for his " gallantry and skill" by Captain
Smith and Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee. He commanded the "Ashuelot," of the
Asiatic squadron, in 1866'8, and on 6 May of the latter year was promoted
to captain. He was inspector of naval reserve lands in 1869'72, was made
commodore, 9 August 1874, was a member of the board of examiners in 1874'6,
and commandant of the Washington navy yard in 1876'80. He was promoted
to rear admiral, 4 February 1882, and on 1 July 1882, was retired on his
own application, having been in the service over forty years.
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003