In February 1832 he took part in Commodore George Reid’s operations in defense of American merchantmen at Quallah Batto.
During the Civil War, he was conspicuous for his skill and bravery at Island No. 10 and Fort Pillow. He commanded an expedition to White River, Arkansas. During this operation he was severely wounded 17 June 1862, causing the loss of his left arm.
He was commissioned Rear Admiral 13 July 1870 and died 10 November 1879.