Stephen Decatur Trenchard
(July 11, 1818 – November 15, 1883) was an American naval
officer, born in Brooklyn, New York.
a midshipman at the age of 16, was promoted to passed midshipman in
July, 1840, was wrecked in the Washington off the coast of
Carolina in 1845, was
attached to the Saratoga during the Mexican-American War, became a
lieutenant in 1847, and was slightly wounded while serving under
Tattnall when that officer assisted
the English in their attack on the Pei-ho forts in China.
During the U.S. Civil War he served on the Rhode Island, was made
commander in July, 1862, and participated in the bombardments of
Fisher in 1864 and 1865.
He was promoted to be captain in 1866, commodore in 1871, and
in 1875, commanded the
North Atlantic squadron in 1874-76, and retired in 1880.