Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright (1821–1863)
|Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II|
July 27, 1821|
New York City
|Died||January 1, 1863
off Galveston, Texas
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1837-1863|
|Commands held||Harriet Lane|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
He entered the United States Navy on June 30, 1837, at age 16, as a midshipman. He attended the Philadelphia Naval Asylum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1842 to 1843, and became a passed midshipman on June 29, 1843.
He married Maria Byrd Page on February 8, 1844 in Virginia. They had four children including Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright III and Robert Powell Page Wainwright. His daughter Marie, later Mrs. Louis James, attained some reputation as an actress.
He was killed in action when his ship was attacked and captured by Confederate forces under the command of General John Bankhead Magruder during the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863. His body was lost at sea.
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