CHARLES D. SPARKS, MIDN, USN
Charles Sparks '56
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: April 12, 1853
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Life & Loss
The telegraph some days ago informed us of the death of Midshipman Charles D. Sparks, of Louisiana, on board the U.S. ship Vincennes, at New York on the 13th inst. We learn that on the same day his remains were taken to the receiving tomb, at the Naval Hospital, escorted by the Marine Guard of the Vincennes, and attended by the commandant and officers of the navy yard, and the officers of the U.S. ships North Carolina, Vincennes, Porpoise and Hancock.
Charles was born in, and appointed from, Louisiana.
Midshipman, 18 April, 1850. Died 12 April, 1853.
Memorial Hall Error
There is no evidence his rank was "Master," as is in Memorial Hall; should be Midshipman. He is listed as a Midshipman in the Register of Officers of the US Navy that gave the date of his death, and in three different contemporaneous newspaper reports. (No rank is given in the Register of Alumni.)