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Thatcher, Henry Knox, House


Built c.1826 in Mercer, Maine this building served as the house of Rear Admiral Herny Knox Thatcher (1806-1880), a prominent Civil War naval officer. At the start of the war, Thatcher served as Executive Officer of the Boston Navy Yard and oversaw the expansion of the navy. Between 1863 and 1865, he was initially stationed with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, until he was promoted to commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, successfully capturing Mobile, Alabama. In honor of Rear Admiral Thatcher, the U.S. navy named two destroyers after him, USS Thatcher (DD-162) of 1919-1940, and USS Thatcher (DD-514) of 1943-1948.

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