LeRoy Fitch

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LeRoy Fitch
Born 1 October 1835
Logansport, Indiana
Died 13 April 1875
Logansport, Indiana
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1856–1875
Rank Commander
Commands held USS Moose
Battles/wars American Civil War

LeRoy Fitch (born 1 October 1835 in Logansport, Indiana), was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1856, and served with great distinction in the American Civil War and afterward. Commanding Moose in the Mississippi Squadron, in 1863 he pursued General John Hunt Morgan, CSA, the famed raider, for 500 miles up the Ohio River, frustrating Morgan's attempts to cross the river and retire to Confederate territory. Commander Fitch died in Logansport, Ind., 13 April 1875.

Namesake[edit]

In 1941, the destroyer USS Fitch (DD-462) was named in honor of Commander Fitch, sponsored by his grandniece, Mrs. H. W. Thomas.

See also[edit]

United States Navy

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.