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Franklin Buchanan
Birth: Apr. 17, 1800
Death: May 11, 1874

Civil War Confederate Navy Admiral. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, prior to the Civil War, he was a US Navy Captain, served as the first superintendent of the US Naval Academy and commanded the USS Susquehanna in the Perry Expedition to Japan. Believing that his home state of Maryland would be soon seceding from the Union, he tendered his resignation from the US Navy on April 22, 1861. When he realized that Maryland was not to leave the Union, he asked Navy Secretary Gideon Welles if he could withdraw his resignation but he refused. Buchanan tried to remain neutral, but joined the Confederate Navy as a Captain, serving as chief of the Confederate Bureau of Orders and Details. In March 1862, he was appointed the first Captain of the Iron Clad Merrimack CSS Virginia which destroyed several Union ships including the USS Congress. Promoted Admiral in charge of naval forces at Mobile, Alabama, in August 1862, he was defeated by Union Admiral Farragut at the Battle Mobile Bay in August 1864 and held prisoner until February 1865. After the war, he became president of Maryland State Agricultural College in 1868 and worked as an insurance executive until his death. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Ann Catherine Lloyd Buchanan (1808 - 1892)*
 
 Children:
  Letitia McKean Buchanan (1837 - 1917)*
  Alicia Lloyd Buchanan (1838 - 1915)*
  Nannie Buchanan Meiere (1841 - 1930)*
  Ellen Buchanan Screven (1841 - 1922)*
  Franklin Buchanan (1847 - 1891)*
  Mary Tilghman Buchanan Owen (1852 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
The memory of the just is blessed.
Faith's journey ends in refuge to the weary.
The strife is oer', the battle won.
 
Burial:
Wye House Cemetery
Easton
Talbot County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Lloyd Family Cemetery Grave 5
GPS (lat/lon): 38.85455, -76.16797
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 11124
Franklin Buchanan
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Franklin Buchanan
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