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Joshua Ratoon Sands

  • Birth 13 May 1795 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death 2 Oct 1883 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Plot Section 170, Lot 14646
  • Memorial ID 3921

Civil War Union Navy Admiral. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was appointed Midshipman in June 1812 and was assigned to different vessels. He served on board the Hornet off the coast of Africa, West Indies, on the Franklin on the Pacific coast and on the Vandalia, off Brazil, 1819 to 1840. Promoted commander in 1841, he served in the Mexican War, was promoted Captain in 1854 and commanded the Susquehanna in Central America, in the Mediterranean and was engaged in laying the Atlantic cable in 1857. He commanded the Brazilian squadron on the flagship Congress, 1859 to 1861 and was promoted commodore in July 1862. During the Civil War, he served as the Union Navy light-house inspector on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. He retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral on July 25, 1866.

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  • Added: 7 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3921
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joshua Ratoon Sands (13 May 1795–2 Oct 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3921, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .