Early life and career[edit | edit source]
Civil War service[edit | edit source]
During the Civil War he served on Potomac in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and took part in the Mississippi River operations at Port Hudson, Grand Gulf, and Vicksburg. He was Executive Officer of Hartford in the Battle of Mobile Bay and was warmly commended for gallant and efficient service.
Post-war commands[edit | edit source]
During the period 1866 to 1889, he cruised in European, Atlantic, Pacific, and East Indian waters. He commanded Canonicus, Monongahela, and Omaha, before assuming the Presidency of the Naval Examining Board in 1885 with the rank of Commodore.
While Commander in Chief of the Pacific station, he was unable to save his flagship Trenton from the violent typhoon which struck Samoa from 15 to 17 March 1889. Guiding his men with the words, "If we go down, let us do so with our flag flying," Kimberly skillfully beached his flagship, losing only one man in the raging storm that wrecked Trenton.
Following his return to the United States in January 1890, Rear Admiral Kimberly was appointed President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and he held that post until retirement in April 1892.
Rear Admiral Kimberly died 28 January 1902 in West Newton, Massachusetts.
Namesakes[edit | edit source]
Two U.S. Navy ships have been named USS Kimberly in his honor.