Thomas Stowell Phelps
, 2 November 1822 – New York City
, New York
, 10 January 1901) was an officer in the United States Navy
. He served in the United States Navy
from 1840 to 1884, attaining the rank of Captain
in 1871 and Rear Admiral
in 1884. He served in the Mediterranean
, the Atlantic
, and the Pacific
, and commanded the sloop during the critical battle to capture Fort Fisher
in January 1865.
Service prior to the Civil War
Phelps was born in Buckfield, Maine
. He joined the Navy in 1840. He served on the Labrador Coast
and then with the Mediterranean Squadron
from March 1840 to September 1843. He then served aboard the sloop in the Brazil Squadron
. He was assigned to the United States Naval Academy
in October 1843 and graduated in February 1846.
He rejoined Boston
for duty as a member of the Gulf Squadron from October 1846 through February 1847, and then served aboard the from February to May 1847. After duty aboard the , the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron from June 1849 through December 1850, he transferred to the and served in the Mediterranean Squadron from December 1850 to February 1851. He then served in the Coast Survey
from May 1851 until August 1852.
He served in the Indian War
in Washington Territory
. While serving on the , he was active at the Battle of Seattle
which took place on 26 January 1856. In 1882, he wrote Reminiscences of Seattle:......