After Franklin Wharton died, Major Archibald Henderson acted as commandant. As senoir officer, Major Anthony Gale took charge and later became Lieutenant Colonel and commandant.

As a young lieutenant, he became involved in an altercation with a Navy junior officer. This altercation lead to a duel where he shot. This duel was applauded by then commandant William Burrows.

He held the post as commandant for a very short time when he fall out with the Secretary of the Navy and was later court-martialed. The charges brought against him for "being intoxicated in common dram shops and other places of low repute." Gale plead not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, but was found guilty and dismissed from service.

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