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date: 08 April 2020

Dees, Clement locked

(c.1837 – ?),
  • Glenn Allen Knoblock

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Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor nominee, was born in San Antonio, Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa. Nothing is known of Dees's family background or life, except that he was practicing the trade of a sailor when he arrived in the United States at Eastport, Maine.

Dees enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Eastport, Maine, on 6 June 1864, joining the crew of the newly commissioned U.S.S. Pontoosuc, a side-wheel gunboat built in Portland, Maine. Dees, who enlisted for a term of two years, was one of a dozen men who enlisted at Eastport, and was credited to the town's draft quota. While serving aboard the Pontoosuc in the first months of its service Dees saw service in Southern waters as the ship performed blockade duties and then in Northern waters as far as Halifax Nova Scotia during its pursuit of the Confederate ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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