Cornelius Stribling

Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling (22 September 1796 17 January 1880) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy who served during the War of 1812, the Second Barbary War, the Mexican–American War, and the American Civil War.

Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling
Born(1796-09-22)22 September 1796
Pendleton, South Carolina
Died17 January 1880(1880-01-17) (aged 83)
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service18121871
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands heldUnited States Naval Academy
USS San Jacinto
Pensacola Navy Yard
Battles/warsWar of 1812
Second Barbary War
Mexican–American War
American Civil War


Stribling was born at Pendleton, South Carolina, and left home at the age of 15. He was appointed midshipman on 18 June 1812, the day the United States declared war on Great Britain. During the War of 1812, he served in Macedonian from 1 January 1813 to April 1814 and in Mohawk from then until April 1815. While assigned to Mohawk on Lake Ontario, Stribling participated in the blockade of Kingston in the summer and fall of 1814.

Soon after the end of the war, he returned to Macedonian and, in 1815, participated in the capture of two Algerine ships, a frigate and a brig, by Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron. In October 1815, Stribling was transferred to Constellation and returned home in that frigate at the end of 1817. On 1 April 1818, he was promoted to lieutenant and served successively in Hornet, Peacock, and John Adams, and again in Constellation, during the campaigns against pirates in the West Indies. In 1823, he was given command of two barges along the coast of Cuba and with them captured buccaneer schooner Pilot after a running fight.

In 1835, he commanded the re-commissioned Peacock (1828) on her second diplomatic mission conveying diplomatist Edmund Roberts, accompanied by Lieutenant Commanding A. S. Campbell the U. S. Schooner Enterprise, both under the command of Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy,[1] on the Commodore's way to establish the East India Squadron.

During the Mexican War, Stribling was attached to the ship-of-the-line Ohio and took part in operations against the coastal towns of Lower California and western Mexico. From 1851 to 1853, he served as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. On 1 August 1853, he was promoted to the rank of captain. From 1854 to 1855, he commanded San Jacinto and, between 1857 and 1859, he was Commandant at the Pensacola Navy Yard.

After two years as Commander of the East India Squadron, Stribling returned home in 1861 to find the Union rent asunder by the Civil War. He supported the Union cause. Under the provisions of the Act of Congress, effective 21 December 1861, his long service required that he be placed upon the retired list. That action and a promotion to the rank of commodore took place on 2 August 1862.

The exigencies of war soon brought him back to active duty. He commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard until 23 September 1864, when he was ordered to assume command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He held this post for the duration of the war. On 6 August 1866, he was appointed to the Lighthouse Board and remained with that organization until 18 September 1871, having served as president of the board from 15 March 1869.

Rear Admiral Stribling died at Martinsburg, West Virginia, on 17 January 1880.

Namesakes and honors

  • Two ships have been named USS Stribling in his honor.
  • Stribling Walk, the central brick walkway of the United States Naval Academy, is also named for him. According to Naval Academy legend the walk has 11880 bricks in it due to his death in January 1880.[2]

See also


  1. Ruschenberger, William Samuel Waithman (1837). A Voyage Round the World: Including an Embassy to Muscat and Siam in 1835, 1836 and 1837. Harper & brothers. OCLC 12492287. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  2. Webb, James (1981). A Sense of Honor. Annapolis, Maryland: Bluejacket Books. pp. 166–170. ISBN 1-55750-917-4.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

Military offices
Preceded by
George P. Upshur
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Succeeded by
Louis M. Goldsborough
Preceded by
Josiah Tattnall
Commander, East India Squadron
20 November 185923 July 1861
Succeeded by
Frederick K. Engle
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