Enoch Greenleafe Parrott

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Enoch Greenleafe Parrott
Born (1814-12-10)December 10, 1814
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died 10 May 1879(1879-05-10) (aged 64)
New York City
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1831–1874
Rank USN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Perry
USS Augusta
USS Canonicus
USS Monadnock
Battles/wars Mexican-American War (1846–1848)
American Civil War (1861–1865)
Battle of Port Royal (1861)
First Battle of Fort Fisher (1864)
Second Battle of Fort Fisher (1865)

Enoch Greenleafe Parrott (December 10, 1814 – May 10, 1879) was an American naval officer who fought in the Mexican-American War and Civil War, later rising to the rank of Rear admiral.

Biography[edit]

Parrott was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 10, 1814. He entered the United States Navy in 1831 as a midshipman, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1841.

In 1843 he took part in the anti-slavery expedition of Commander Matthew C. Perry's Africa Squadron.

During the Mexican-American War he served aboard the 52-gun frigate USS Congress, and took part in John C. Frémont's expedition from Monterey to Los Angeles, and in the capture of Guaymas and Mazatlán.

Parrott was commissioned as Commander in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War, and was involved in the destruction of Norfolk Navy Yard before it could be taken over by the Confederacy.

In the brig USS Perry he captured the Confederate privateer Savannah, for which he received the commendation of the Navy Department. He commanded the steamer USS Augusta from 1861 to 1863, participating in the battle of Port Royal, and engaged the Confederate rams Palmetto State and Chicora at the time of their sortie from Charleston on January 31, 1863.

Parrot was in command of the monitor USS Canonicus of the North Atlantic squadron in the engagements with the ironclads on the James River in 1864, and in the fights with Howett's battery.

He commanded the USS Monadnock in the first attack on Fort Fisher in December 1864, and in the second attack in January 1865, and was present at the surrender of Charleston, South Carolina.

Parrott was promoted to Captain in 1866, to Commodore in 1870, and to Rear admiral in 1873. He retired in 1874.

Parrott died in New York City on May 10, 1879, and is buried at St. John's church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1891). "article name needed". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 

Military offices
Preceded by
Thornton A. Jenkins
Commander, Asiatic Squadron
12 December 1873–12 January 1874
Succeeded by
Edmund Colhoun