I came across the following news item that may be of interest.
Richmond Daily Dispatch
June 11, 1861
Most of the old Officers of either the Navy or Army of the United States, who were entitled to any consideration at the hands of their fellow-countrymen as officers and gentlemen, are now doing yeomen's service in the cause of the Southern Confederacy. Among the Virginians entitled to an honorable mention, is Lieut. John R. Eggleston, who resigned from the steamer Wyandotte the day previous to that on which Fort Pickens was reinforced.He is a native of Amelia county, Va., but removed to Mississippi when a youth and was appointed a midshipman from that State. Up to the time of his resignation he had been in service for many years in the Pacific and Atlantic, and he is now engaged in a very important service for the Confederate States, which will ere long gratify and astonish his friends.