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Lieutenant Commander Alexander S. MacKenzie, USN

Alexander Slidell MacKenzie (January 24, 1842 – June 13, 1867) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.


Born in New York City, MacKenzie was appointed midshipman September 29, 1855. Serving in USS Hartford on the China Station at the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned to the United States and joined Kineo, in which he served during Farragut's daring dash past Forts Jackson and St. Philip on the lower Mississippi to capture New Orleans in 1862.

During 1863 and 1864 he participated in the blockade of Charleston and the attacks on Fort Sumter and Morris Island. After the end of the war, he returned to the Far East in Hartford, in which he served until 1867, when he was killed in Kenting, Taiwan while leading a reprisal attack against those responsible for the deaths of the entire crew of the American merchant bark Rover.

MacKenzie's father was Alexander Slidell Mackenzie. His uncle was John Slidell, and by marriage, Commodore Matthew C. Perry; a brother was general Ranald Slidell Mackenzie.


Three ships of the Navy have been named USS MacKenzie in his honor.

See also[]

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