Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Watson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky on August 24, 1842, the grandson of renowned Kentucky politician John J. Crittenden. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 15 June 1860. After tours in Susquehanna and Richmond, Watson was promoted to master on 19 September 1861 and joined Sabine. He distinguished himself in this ship when she went to the aid of the chartered government transport Governor off the coast of South Carolina on the night of 2â€“3 November 1861. Watson managed the cables and hawsers which held the two ships together in spite of a violent gale, allowing some 500 menâ€” Marines and crewâ€”to clamber from the foundering Governor to safety in Sabine.