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 William Thornton Glassell

William Thornton Glassell

Birth
Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death 28 Jan 1876 (aged 45)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 3704 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Naval Officer. The Great Uncle of General George S. Patton, and the commander of the first Confederate Submarine, he founded and laid out the city of Orange, California. He was born on a Virginia plantation to parents with deep southern roots. When the Civil War started he was a member of the Union Army but promptly resigned his commission professing allegiance to the Confederacy. Glassell was imprisoned for this act at Ft. Warren in Boston for a year and then exchanged as a prisoner of war. He then joined the Navy of the Confederacy. He volunteered to captain a recently constructed underwater torpedo boat named the "David", intended to fight the Union's ironclad ships. On Oct 5, 1863, the David sneaked up on the Union frigate New Ironsides which was blockading Charleston Harbor. It rammed the warship with its single torpedo blowing a hole in the Union ship's side that took a year to repair The force of the blast knocked the crew of the David overboard and they were captured . William Glassell spent the rest of the war as a prisoner. However, one crewman remained aboard the David and was able to return to port, her maiden voyage a stunning success. After the civil war, he moved to Los Angeles joining his brother Andrew in business. In 1869, a large parcel of land was turned over to him by the family enterprises and he laid out a town which is today known as Orange, California. His health worsened from tuberculosis which he contracted in Union prisons which eventually took his life at the age of 48. He was unmarried and childless.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Thornton Glassell (15 Jan 1831–28 Jan 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3704, citing Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .