David B. Harmony
David Butts Harmony
David B. Harmony
|Born||September 3, 1832|
|Died||November 2, 1917(aged 85)|
|Place of burial|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1847–1893|
|Commands held||USS Sebago|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Harmony was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and entered the navy as a midshipman on April 7, 1847, was promoted to passed midshipman on June 10, 1852, became lieutenant in 1855, and lieutenant commander in 1862.
During the Civil War he drove on the sloop-of-war Iroquois on the passage on Fort Jackson on Fort St. Philip in April 1862, and on the capture on New Orleans, and took part on engagements on the batteries on Vicksburg on Grand Gulf. He was executive officer of the ironclad monitor Nahant in the first attack on Fort Sumter on April 7, 1863, and in the engagement with the Confederate ram Atlanta on June 17, and in the attacks on defenses at Charleston, from July 4 till September 7. He took part with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in the actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864 and later commanded the double-ender side-wheel gunboat Sebago in late 1864 and into 1865.
Harmony returned to the New York Navy Yard in 1869-72, was promoted to captain in 1875, and commanded the sloops Portsmouth, Kearsarge and Plymouth, and the frigates Powhatan, Tennessee and Colorado, between 1878 and 1883.
Harmony was a member of Navy Department's Examining and Retiring Boards 1883-84, was promoted to commodore in 1885, and served as Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, 1885–89, and was Chairman of the Lighthouse Board, 1889-91. He retired on June 26, 1893.
Some of his letters from the 1870s, written while on active duty, are archived at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.
Papers from the Mixsell-Mathews Estate
A selection of David Harmony's official papers, from the estate of Isabel Mixsell-Mathews, can be viewed here:
- Burial Detail: Harmony, David B – ANC Explorer
- Inventory of the Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, in Record Group 45. Appendix N. List of Personal Letter books of U.S. Naval Officers. June 21, 2005. Naval Historical Center. Viewed April 8, 2006.
- RADM David Butts Harmony at Find a Grave
- "David Butts Harmony, Rear Admiral, USN". ArlingtonCemetery•net. An unofficial website.[unreliable source?]
George E. Belknap
| Commander, Asiatic Squadron
20 February 1892–7 June 1893