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French Forrest
Birth: Oct. 4, 1796
St. Mary's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1866
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Civil War Confederate Naval Officer. He was the builder of the Confederate ironclad "CSS Virginia". Born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, he was appointed midshipman in the United States Navy on June 9, 1811, serving aboard the USS Hornet, he saw action in the War of 1812, during the Battle of Lake Erie, and the Mexican War. In the latter he was a Captain, commanding the Cumberland and the Raritan, in which he commanded the landing operations of General Winfield Scott's troops in action off Vera Cruz. He was also the Adjutant General of the land and naval forces during this time. From 1855 to 1856 he was the head of the Washington Navy Yard. Resigning his commission, he was appointed commander-in-chief with the rank of Captain in the Virginia navy after that state seceded. On June 10, 1861, he received the same rank in the Confederate Navy, becoming third in seniority, which, he believed, entitled him to an active command. Placed in charge of the Gosport Navy Yard at Norfolk, after the Union fleet had abandoned it, he was ordered by Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen R. Mallory to rebuild as an armored ship the hulk that was the USS Merrimack. This he did, despite misgivings, resulting in the CSS Virginia, the South's first ironclad. Though he expected to command the Virginia, the position was given to Captain Franklin Buchanan, which bitterly disappointed him. Three months after the Battle of Hampton Roads, on March 8 and 9, 1862, Mallory had him replaced at Gosport for slowness in repairing the Virginia for service. He became head of the Office of Orders and Details until March 1863, when he finally received the command he coveted, becoming Flag Officer of the James River Squadron. The squadron, however, was not involved in any significant action during his tenure, and May 1864 he was replaced by Commander John K. Mitchell. He later would serve as acting assistant Secretary of the Confederate Navy. Not long after the end of the war he succumbed to typhoid fever. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
Family links: 
  Uriah Forrest (1746 - 1805)
  Rebecca Plater Forrest (1765 - 1843)
  Emily Douglas Simms Forrest (1810 - 1880)*
  Emily Cary Warrington Forrest Warley (1832 - 1863)*
  Douglas French Forrest (1837 - 1902)*
  Benjamin Stoddert Forrest (1791 - 1840)*
  George Plater Forrest (1794 - 1843)*
  French Forrest (1796 - 1866)
  Ann Forrest Green (1797 - 1870)*
  Maria Forrest Bohrer (1799 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Congressional Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Range 45 Site 42
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ugaalltheway
Record added: Apr 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13905316
French Forrest
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French Forrest
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French Forrest
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- Wagon Master
 Added: Jan. 13, 2017
For service rendered the Confederacy during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Nov. 22, 2016
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