From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Sparks '56

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: April 12, 1853

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Charles' life or loss, except that it was on April 12, 1853, aboard the "sloop Vincennes, at New York." He is listed as a non-graduate in the Register of Alumni. His death was reported in a Louisiana paper at the time but no details were given.

Charles was born in, and appointed from, Louisiana.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 18 April, 1850. Died 12 April, 1853.

Memorial Hall Error

He would likely not have been a Master, as he had not graduated from the Naval Academy yet. Rank should be Midshipman. (No rank is given in the Register of Alumni.)

Class of 1856

Charles is one of 5 members of the Class of 1856 on Virtual Memorial Hall.