CDR John Newland Maffitt

CDR John Newland Maffitt

Birth
At Sea
Death 15 May 1886 (aged 67)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section N Lot 25
Memorial ID 6265492 · View Source
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Maffitt as a young boy lived
with his Uncle, Dr. William
Maffitt at his home "Ellerslie"
near the present day Fayettville,
NC. In 1828 he was sent off to
White Plains Academy in New York.
On Feb 25,1832, President
Andrew Jackson appt'ed Maffitt
who was 13 years old a Midshipman
in the Navy. His first ship was
the USS St Louis. He next went
to the USS Constitution on
orders dated Sept 18, 1834.
He was ultimately promoted to
Lieut and served in many duty
stations until the beginning
of the Civil War.

Capt. Maffitt joined the CSN.
His first command was the CSS
Savannah at the start of the
war. He commanded several other
ships including the CSS
Florida as Captain. He was
responsible for capturing
23 vessels with cargo worth
several million dollars.

Captain Maffitt commanded the
Blockade Runner "Owl" in 1864
to 1865 out of Wilmington, NC.
Other Confederate ships he
commanded were: Gordon,Florie,
Lillian & Albemarle.

He stayed in England after the war
until about 1867 when he returned
to the States. He eventually
settled in Wilmington, met and
married Emma Martin, sister of his
sons' wife Kate and daughter of
Alfred Martin of Wilmington. He
purchased a house and over 200
acres near Wrightsville Sound and
named it the Moorings.

After his death his wife Emma,
with the help of James Sprunt,
published a book titled "The
Life & Times of John Newland
Maffitt." Commander Maffitt had
kept a log/diary of many of his
during his different assign-
ments. The log of his time on
the CSS Florida was lost in
Charleston Harbor.



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  • Maintained by: Cindy Hardy Sellers
  • Originally Created by: Wayne Carver
  • Added: 16 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6265492
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CDR John Newland Maffitt (22 Feb 1819–15 May 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6265492, citing Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Cindy Hardy Sellers (contributor 47108948) .