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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1836

Vol. I

(Born Del.)

Henry H. Lockwood​a

(Ap'd Del.)


Henry Hayes Lockwood: Born Jan. 14, 1816.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1832, to July 1, 1836, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1836.

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 20, 1836.

Served in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836‑37.

Resigned, Sep. 12, 1837.

Civil History. — Farmer in Delaware, 1837‑41.

Naval History. — Professor of Mathematics, U. S. Navy, 1841‑61, and served as Adjutant of the landing party under command of Commodore Jones, at the Capture of Monterey, Cal., Oct., 1842; at the U. S. Naval Academy, 1845‑61,​b as Professor of Mechanics, 1845‑47, — of Gunnery, 1847‑56, — and of Artillery and Infantry Tactics, 1850‑61. Author of "Exercises in Small Arms, and Field Artillery, arranged for the Naval School," 1852.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: in command of an Expedition to the Eastern Shore of

(Colonel, 1st Delaware Volunteers, May 25, 1861)

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 8, 1861)

Virginia, Nov., 1861, continuing there in command till Jan., 1863; in command at Point Lookout, and of the defenses of the Lower Potomac, Jan. to June, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), July, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑3, 1863; in command of Harper's Ferry, Va., July to Oct., 1863, — and of Middle Department, headquarters at Baltimore, Md., Dec., 1863, to Apr., 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), May‑June, 1864, participating in the Actions near Hanover C. H., Va., May 30-June 1, 1864; in command of provisional troops for the Defense of Baltimore against the Rebel Raid under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Early, July, 1864, and of brigade at Baltimore, Md., July, 1864, to Aug., 1865.

Mustered out of Service, Aug. 24, 1865.

Naval History. — Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at U. S. Naval Academy, 1867‑70, continuing, till July, 1871, as Supernumerary Professor; and at the Naval Observatory, Washington, D. C., till Aug. 14, 1876.

Retired from Active Service, Aug. 14, 1876, he being over the Age of 62 Years.

Civil History. — Residence, Georgetown, D. C.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died Dec. 7, 1899, at Georgetown, D. C.

Buried in the U. S. Naval Academy Cemetery at Annapolis, Md., Dec. 9, 1899.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Lt. James Booth Lockwood, U. S. Army, a prominent member of Greely's Polar Expedition, 1881‑1884, who died on it at Camp Sabine on April 9, 1884 before the rescue of the few survivors on June 22. Until Peary's expedition of 1898‑1902, James Lockwood was the man who had reached farthest north.

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b Professor Lockwood was one of the founding staff members of the Naval Academy, and his influence was significant, and thru it that of the Military Academy: see Chapter 6 of Puleston's Annapolis; and "The Founding of the Naval Academy by Bancroft and Buchanan", U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, p1367 and passim, where it is noted (p1370) that he "was sent back to his Alma Mater . . . to study West Point's improvements in methods and organization". A good biographical sketch of him, of some length, and a photograph of him, are given in the same issue of the Proceedings, pp1395‑1397.

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