Biography[edit | edit source]
Born in Maine, Breck was appointed an Acting Ensign 27 February 1863. He commanded the screw steamer Niphon during the Civil War, taking a prominent part in the destruction of the saltworks in engagements at Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina, and other expeditions ashore. Although his health was much impaired by his service, Lieutenant Commander Breck remained in command of Niphon until sent home by medical survey.
Namesake[edit | edit source]
The destroyer USS Breck (DD-283) was named for him.