The Du Pont family that came over from France
escaped revolution and joined the U.S. dance.
The first one born in America in 1803
was named Samuel Francis who married Sophie, his cousin, in 1833.
He served on 12 ships in 30 years,
surviving many a challenge and facing his fears.
Seized Mexican prize money helped him establish his wealth
way before diabetes and asthma started spoiling his health.
25 total years out at sea
sounds like quite a bit of time if you ask me.
He was given command of the Philadelphia naval yard.
In 1860 it was a job more than hard.
All of his Southern officers stayed on board.
With the war breaking out this was something unheard.
The Southern blockade he planned from start to finish
displaying patriotic dedication that was always replenished.
September 27, 2016: Col. Kevin Weddle, PhD (Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks PA) spoke about his biography on Union Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont titled: Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: the Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont.