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Charles Vernon Gridley
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Personal Information
Born: November 24, 1844(1844-11-24)
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Died: June 5, 1898 (aged 53)
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Allegiance: File:Flag of the United States.svg United States
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Captain
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Commands: USS Olympia
Battles: American Civil War

Spanish-American War

  • Battle of Manila Bay
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Charles Vernon Gridley (24 November 1844 – 5 June 1898) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Early life[]

Gridley is directly descended from Thomas Gridley (1612–1653), who emigrated from England to the New England area in 1633. Gridley was born in Logansport, Indiana on 24 November 1844.

Naval career[]

Gridley was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1860. Reporting for duty with his class in September 1863, Gridley joined the sloop-of-war Oneida with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and distinguished himself with David Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.

Gridley was promoted to lieutenant in 1867. From 1871 to 1875, Gridley was stationed on the only United States Navy ship based on the Great Lakes at the time, the USS Michigan, at Erie, Pennsylvania. While stationed in Erie, he married the daughter of Judge John P. Vincent and had three children.[1] Gridley was promoted to commander in 1882. He spent the next 30 years at various stations around the world, including a tour as instructor at the Naval Academy. Captain Gridley took command of USS Olympia, Admiral George Dewey's famous flagship on 27 April 1898. During the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898, Dewey gave his famous command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," immortalizing the captain.

After the destruction of the Spanish fleet and the capture of Manila, Gridley was obliged to leave his command because of his health, and died en route to the United States at Kobe, Japan.



Gridley Monument in Erie, Pennsylvania

Four ships in the United States Navy have been named for him.

A monument to Gridley was erected in Erie and placed in the center of a city park, which was named Gridley Park. The engraved plaque affixed to the monument is made of a metal panel retrieved from the USS Maine.

See also[]


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
  1. Patrick McSherry, biography of Charles V. "Steve" Gridley

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