born 16 January 1824 in Delaware County, Pa., was appointed midshipman in 1838. He served in Decatur
in the Mexican War, and gave distinguished service in the Civil War in command of Fannie
, Keystone State
and as fleet captain in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. In Pinola
, assisted by Itaska
, he broke the chain barrier across the Mississippi to make possible the passage upriver of Flag Officer D. G. Farragut’s squadron, and the capture of New Orleans.
Rear Admiral Crosby retired in March 1882, and died in Washington, D.C., 15 June 1899.