From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Cabaniss '80

Date of birth: 1858

Date of death: January 19, 1882

Age: ~23

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Charles Cabaniss was admitted to the Naval Academy from Virginia on June 21, 1876 at age 16 years 8 months.


From "Dangers of Naval Life" by Arthur H. Dutton, former Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, in the January-June 1909 issue of "The Overland Monthly":

Cadet-Midshipman Charles Cabaniss was accidentally killed January 19, 1882, on board the U.S.S. Swatara, by a stray bullet at target practice. Strange to say, the bullet ricochetted three times before piercing his body.


From The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces on January 1, 1882:

To the Editor of the Army and Navy Journal:

Sir: By a telegram from the U.S.S. Swatara, dated at Kobe, Japan, Jan. 19, intelligence is received of the death of Cadet Midshipman Charles Cabaniss. it appears he was shot and almost instantly killed by a ball from a Hotchkiss rifle, fired accidentally by a sailor lately enlisted.

The writer enjoyed an intimate acquaintance with the deceased, and the recollection at this moment of the many good qualities he possessed prompts him to pay a slight tribute to his memory.

Devotedly attached to his profession, for which he had great aptitude, Midshipman Cabaniss, by his strict attention to duty and discipline, commanded too respect of his superior officers; and his kind and generous disposition greatly endeared him to his messmates and made him a favorite with the men over whom he had command. The writer distinctly remembers a conversation held with him a few weeks ago in which the deceased feelingly alluded to the near approach of the time for his examination for promotion, and for a meeting with the loved ones at home. How great a shock the intelligence of this mail brings to his home circle can only be imagined by those who know what a son and brother he must have been; but let it be a consolation to his relatives to know that the life he led was exceptionally honest and upright.

He was buried in Kobe, Japan.

Class of 1880

Charles is one of 4 members of the Class of 1880 on Virtual Memorial Hall.