He commanded the ironclad USS Lancaster until she sank in March 1863. He also commanded the Ram Fleet.
USS Ellet (DD-398), which was in service in 1939-46, was named in honor of John A. Ellet and other members of his family.
- "USS Ellet (DD-398), 1939-1947". U.S. Naval Historical Center. http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-e/dd398.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-04.