19 illustrations in b/w, 1 folding color painting. 128 pages with appendix, bibliography, and index.
Sproston served as an officer aboard the USS Macedonian. The Macedonian was part of the 1854 initial US expedition to Japan. Led by Admiral Perry, Sproston and the expedition visited the Ryukyus, Bonins, Formosa, and the Philippines.
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John G. Sproston the eldest son of George Saxon Sproston, a U.S. naval surgeon, and Jane Glendy, a daughter of the Rev John Glendy, former Chaplain of the United States Senate. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1846. He subsequently served with the Pacific Squadron during the war with Mexico. In 1854, Sproston voyaged to Japan with the Perry (Matthew Calbraith Perry) Expedition.
During the Civil War, he served as commanding officer of Powhatan and as executive officer of Seneca. On 1 November 1861, during the Battle of Port Royal, Sproston personally fired many of the 11-inch guns on board Seneca as the crew was new and untrained. Lt. Sproston was killed on 8 June 1862, while on a boat expedition to destroy a Confederate privateer in the St. Johns River in Florida.