Friday, November 2, 2018
The USS Abner Read Named After A Civil War Union Naval Officer
Abner Read (5 April 1821 to 7 July 1863)
An officer in the U.S. Navy who distinguished himself during the Civil War.
He died of injuries sustained while patrolling the Mississippi River in command of the USS New London.
At the time of his death he had attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
The destroyers USS Abner Read (DD-526) and USS Abner Read (DD-769) were named after him.
The DD-769 was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down during World War II but never completed.
I will be writing about Abner Read in my Running the Blockade: Civil War Navy blog.