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Garrett J. Pendergrast
Pendergrast was born in Kentucky. He was married to Virginia Barron, the daughter of James Barron. Upon the Secession, she reportedly refused to accompany him in his alligience to the United States and swore she'd never live with him again.
Subsequently, he held command of both the Home Squadron and the West India Squadron .
He was in command of Cumberland in 1861, at the outbreak of the war and, at age 58, one of the oldest officers in service.
Promoted to Commodore on July 16, 1862, he was assigned to command the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and held that position when he died of a paralytic stroke on November 7, 1862. He is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery .
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