Daniel L. Braine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Daniel Lawrence Braine
Daniel Lawrence Braine.jpg
Born (1829-05-18)May 18, 1829
New York City, New York
Died January 30, 1898(1898-01-30) (aged 68)
Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1846-1891
Rank USN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Monticello
USS Juniata
South Atlantic Squadron
Battles/wars Mexican-American War
American Civil War

Daniel Lawrence Braine (18 May 1829 – 30 January 1898) was an admiral of the United States Navy in the 19th century.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City on 18 May 1829, Braine was appointed Midshipman in 1846. He served on the Mississippi and the John Adams during the Mexican-American War.

Civil War service[edit]

During the Civil War he commanded the Monticello and took part in an engagement with the rebel battery at Sewell's Point, in the first naval engagement of the war. He also took part in the attack and capture of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clarke and engaged the enemy at Kimmekerk Woods above Cape Hatteras. He was promoted to lieutenant commander in July 1862.

Post-Civil War[edit]

Braine was promoted to commander in July 1866.

On 1 November 1871 he was elected as a Companion of the New York Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States - a military society of officers who had served the Union during the American Civil War. He was assigned insignia number 1338.

Between 1873 and 1875 he commanded the Juniata on its cruise to Greenland in search of the ill-fated Polaris Expedition. During this cruise, he was promoted to the rank of captain in 1874. In 1875, he took command of the receiving ship USS Colorado, after which he was assigned to command USS Powhatan. As a senior captain, Braine was permitted to use the customary title commodore beginning in 1885, and in late 1886 he was assigned to command the South Atlantic Squadron with promotion to rear admiral the following year. In 1889 he was assigned to command of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he served until his retirement.

Retirement and death[edit]

Rear Admiral Braine retired from the Navy in May 1891.

In 1895 he became a Veteran Companion of the New York Commandery of the Military Order of Foreign Wars and received insignia number 45.

He died in Brooklyn on 30 January 1898.


The destroyer USS Braine (DD-630), (1943–1971) was named in his honor.

Dates of Rank[edit]

  • Midshipman, 30 May 1846.
  • Passed Midshipman, 8 June 1852.
  • Master, 15 September 1855.
  • Lieutenant, 16 September 1855.
  • Lieutenant Commander, 16 July 1862.
  • Commander, 25 July 1866.
  • Captain, 11 December 1874.
  • Commodore, 2 March 1885.
  • Rear Admiral, 4 September 1887.
  • Retired List, 18 May 1891.

See also[edit]