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Charles S. Kendrick (23 January 1817 – 13 August 1863) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.


Kendrick was born in Kentucky. Early in the Civil War, as Third Master in Army gunboat St. Louis of the Western Flotilla, he took part in the captures of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Island No. 10, Memphis, and Fort St. Charles. On 1 October 1862, when the Western Flotilla was transferred to the Navy Department, he was commissioned Acting Master in the U.S. Navy. On April 30, 1863, while commanding a landing party which drove Confederate sharpshooters from the river banks at Haines Bluff, he personally captured a Southern officer in hand-to-hand combat. In July he commanded Petrel when she and Forest Rose ascended the Tensas River and captured Confederate steamers Louisville and Elmira.

The following month Acting Master Kendrick was stricken with fever and died at the Naval Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, August 13, 1863.


The USS Kendrick (DD-612) was named for him.

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This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.