David Butts Harmony
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Born at Easton, Pennsylvania, September 3, 1832, he was appointed from Pennsylvania an Acting Midshipman in 1847. He was promoted to Passed Midshipman, June 10, 1852, and thereafter was promoted through the grades to Rear Admiral, March 26, 1889. He successively served on USS Brandywine, USS Ohio, USS Fairmouth at the Naval Academy, the USS Baltimore, USS Decatur. During the Civil War, he was Executive Officer of the USS Iroquoisat.
He participated in the bombardment and passae of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Chalmette batteries and the capture of New Orleans, the engagements of Vicksburg, with the Confederate Ram Arkansas, 1861-62. On the USS Nahant at the engagements at Charleston in 1863.
He was commander of USS Tahoma and USS Sebago, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1864-65. He was at the capture of Mobile in 1865, and served at the Navy Yard, New York, 1865-67.
He commanded the USS Frolic, European Station, 1867-69, the New York Naval Yard, 1869-72, the USS Portsmouth and USS Kearsarge, USS Plymouth, USS Powhatan, USS Tennessee, USS Colorado, 1878-1883. He was on special duty at the Navy Department, 1883-84 and was Chief, Bureau of Yards and Docks, 1885-89 and, finally, Chairman, Lighthouse Board, 1889-91. He retired on June 26, 1893.
He died on November 2, 1917 and was buried
in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
He made his last cruise in 1881, was a member of the examining and retiring boards in 1883-'5, and is now (1887) serving as chief of the bureau of yards and docks, having held this office since 1885.
Photo (c) Michael Patterson, September 1999
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Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004