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DEATH OF REAR ADMIRAL CHANDLER

Spirit of the Times
Batavia, Genesee Co., NY
Saturday, February 16th 1889

(07.01.02) A Washington dispatch announces the death of Rear Admiral Ralph CHANDLER, commanding the Asiatic squadron, which occurred at Hong Kong on Saturday last from apoplexy. Admiral CHANDLER was born in Batavia August 23d, 1829, and lived here during his boyhood. He was a son of Daniel CHANDLER, a lawyer of good ability and a prominent leader in politics. Ralph received a fair education at the hands of John EARNEST, who is remembered by some of our older citizens, and at about the age of seventeen received an appointment to the naval academy at Annapolis. Here, he graduated with high honors and some years later, having returned to Batavia, was married to Cornelia, daughter of the late Heman J. REDFIELD. Five children were born to them--three girls and two boys--the eldest of whom is Mrs. Bessie CHANDLER PARKER, wife of LeRoy PARKER, Esq., who lives with her aunt, Mrs. H.I. GLOWACKI, on Summit street, this village. Mrs. CHANDLER and the other two daughters accompanied him to Yokahama, Japan, where his headquarters were located. One of the sons, Redfield, is in New York, and Porter, the youngest son and child, has been recently living in Batavia. Admiral CHANDLER would have been placed on the retired list in a little over a year and he often spoke of the pleasure it would give him to return to Batavia and settle down among the old friends of his youth. In 1886 he made quite a long visit here and we recall with pleasure the hours that he spent in our sanctum, his genial, whole-souled nature and his happy manner of relating anecdotesand reminiscences in which he abounded.

 

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Of the official life of Admiral CHANDLER the Buffalo Express says: "In the death on Sunday of Rear-Admiral Ralph CHANDLER at Hong Kong another of the 'Old Navy' passed away. Born in New York on August 23, 1829, he was appointed to the Navy as midshipman on September 17, 1845, benig ordered the next year from the Naval Academy to active duty in the razee Independence, flagship of the Pacific Squandron. He participated in the Pacific-coast operations of the Mexican War, being in two engagements near Matzatian. Mr. CHANDLER was in the sloop Vincennes during 1849-50, and was promoted Passed Midshipman in 1851. After a tour of duty at the Naval Academy in 1852, the young officer served in the sloop St. Louis of the Mediterranean Squadron till 1855, in which year he became successively Master and Lieutenant.

"Between 1855 and 1859 Lieut. CHANDLER was engaged on the coast survey and the survey of the Parana, and was serving in the sloop Vandalia at the breaking out of the War. He fought with his ship in the battle of Port Royal in November, 1861, and in the next year was assigned to the steam-sloop San Jacinto of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, in which he was present at the engagement with the Sowell's Point batteries and the capture of Norfolk. On July 16, 1862, he was promoted Lieutenant-Commander and commanded the Huntsville in the East Gulf blockading squadron. Transferred to the steam-gunboat Maumee of the North Atlantic Squadron, Commander CHANDLER fought his ship at the bombardment and fall of Fort Fisher and the capture of Wilmington, receiving the full rank of Commander on July 25, 1866. From that time for two years he commanded the steamer Don on special service, and was on ordnance duty at the Brooklyn Navy-yard in 1868. In the next year Commander CHANDLER was on special duty with the steamer Talapoosa. He rose to Captain in 1874, and Commodore in 1884, assuming command of the Brooklyn yard in the latter year--1884.

"On October 6th, 1886, Commodore CHANDLER was commissioned Rear-Admiral and was ordered to relieve Rear-Admiral DAVIS in command of the Asiatic Squadron. He has been in charge of this important Oriental station from that time.

"Admiral CHANDLER was the model of an American sailor. Tall and commanding in statue, with a bluff, open, and kindly face, his gegnial ways and fund of anecdote made him a delightful companion and a great favorite in social circles."

+ + Linda C. Schmidt, Contributor

 

 

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