Samuel Barron was a United States and Confederate States naval
officer. The son and nephew of United States Navy captains, he was appointed a
midshipman at two years old, reported for active duty at six, and sailed aboard the
flagship of the Mediterranean fleet before he was eleven. During the Mexican War (1846–1848), Barron
commanded the USS Perry on the Pacific coast, and during the
1850s, he served in Washington, D.C., where his courtly manners earned . . .
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