From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Brown '67

Date of birth: 1847

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: ~22

Lucky Bag

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Naval Academy Register

Charles Eaton Brown was admitted to the Naval Academy from Worcester, Massachusetts on July 23, 1863 at age 16 years 6 months.


Charles was lost on January 24, 1870 when USS Oneida was sunk following a collision with a British merchant steamer while departing Yokohama harbor, Japan. One hundred twenty-four other officers and men were also lost.

A detailed account of the event is available here.

He is buried in Massachusetts.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 25 July, 1863. Ensign, 18 December, 1868. Lost on board the Oneida, 24 January, 1870.


From the Marysville Daily Appeal, 24 March 1870, via the records of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association:

The Officers of the Oneida. Below we give sketches of some of the officers who perished in the ill-fated Oneida:

ENSIGN CHARLES E. BROWN Among the officers who were lost on board the Oneida none bad finer promise than Ensign Charles E. Brown. He entered the service in July, 1863, and immediately took a leading position in his class. He was a young officer who was beloved by his classmates, esteemed by his superiors and respected by his subordinates. He was the idol of the famed class of 1867, which from 1863 was the ruling spirit of the Naval Academy. He was the son of a widow lady residing at Worcester, Mass., and entered the navy because he loved it. His attachment to the service never faltered. Throughout his course at the Academy be obtained the honors of high scholarship and was entrusted with many important positions which called for the exercise of the rarest qualities. In every emergency be proved faithful and energetic, and where humane impulses were in demand his were the noblest and most generous. An able seaman, a careful navigator, a conscientious officer, it was but natural that his career should have chained the affections of his friends and won him the confidence of the authorities. Mr. Brown had a large acquaintance in civil life, and there he was admired for his fascination of manner, for his elegant accomplishment, for his true gentlemanly instincts, for his manliness and integrity. Though no word has been left behind at to how he met his death, no one can doubt that he died with the heroism of a man and the Spartan courage of a seaman. He leaves a bereaved family, well known in Worcester, to mourn the loss of the family pride, and many citizens of New York, who will long bear hit name in lasting memory.

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Edward Williams '53, William Stewart '61, John Phelan '66, James Cowie '67, Charles Copp '68, James Hull '68, William Uhler '68, George Bower '68, and George Adams '68 were also lost aboard Oneida.

Class of 1867

Charles is one of 5 members of the Class of 1867 on Virtual Memorial Hall.