John P. Gillis
|John P. Gillis|
September 6, 1803|
|Died||February 25, 1873
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1825–1866|
|Commands held||USS Monticello
American Civil War
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Gillis was appointed midshipman in 1825. He served with distinction in the Mexican-American War at the capture of Tuxpan. In 1853-54, he sailed with Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to open Japan to the West. During the Civil War he commanded Monticello, Seminole and Ossipee in the Union blockade, and subsequently was on duty at New York until retiring in 1866.
Commodore Gillis died in the city of his birth.
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