From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Aby '46

Date of birth: March 2, 1824

Date of death: October 16, 1856

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant Aby was born in the United States on March 2, 1824. He became a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy on February 8, 1840 and fought in the Mexican War. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 24, 1855. He died while serving aboard the USS Saratoga on October 16, 1856 from Isthmus fever. He was buried at the Mt. Hope Cemetery then re-interred at the Corozal American Cemetery in 1979 using his headstone from Mt. Hope.

He was born in Virginia and appointed to the Naval Academy from Mississippi.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 8 February, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Master, 23 September, 1854. Lieutenant, 24 May, 1855. Died 16 October, 1856.


From Find A Grave:

Charles W Aby wrote many letters to his brother Samuel Aby and his parents, Jonas and Barbara Aby.

Feb 29, 1842 - From USS Delaware, Rio de la Plata, off Montevideo:

"...You will perceive by this that we are at Monte Video for the second time, the reason for our returning is some claims which come of the American citizens have on the Government of Buenos Ayres, it is likely we will remain here until the first of September..."

Nov 6, 1842 - USS Delaware, Rio de Janiero

"... to inform you of a great change which will take place in our destination shortly, we are to sail for that long wished for station, the Mediterranean....

June 14, 1843 - USS Delaware - Lisbon

"My dear parents, The last you heard from me, I was in Mahen (I. of Minorca), and little did I think I wouldhave the pleasure of writing you from the famous city of Lisbon then. We sailed from Mahen early in May, arrived in Gibralter the latter part of the same month, lay there a few days when we sailed for Cadiz, Spain..."

August 5, 1846 - Navy Department

Sir, Herewith you will receive a Warrant, as a Passed Midshipman in the Navy of the United States. dated the 21st day of July, 1846..." W. Bancroft

October 15, 1849 - "Constitution"

"... we are compelled to trudge through streets no less magnificinient in their way, but jammed on all hands with Sailors, Soldiers, Civilians, and Saracens....without wishing to make a case of "sour grapes" out of the affair, the Adriatic, at this advanced season of the year, is not the sea that a sailor, who has half an eye to comfort as well as a whole one to "windward", would like to cruise in."

September 15, 1850 - U.S. Frigate Independence - Genoa

My dear Mother, I have not much to say to you except that I am promoted to a grade higher than I have hitherto held, and that I have been transferred from the glorious old Ironsides to the Frigate Independence, which vessel bears the flag of Commodore Morgan. ....I was appointed Master of this ship...

April 7, 1853 - USS Dale - Boston

June 20, 1855 - USS San Jacinto - Havana

October 16, 1856 USS Saratoga, Harbor of Aspinwall, N.G.

Sir, Lt., Chas. W. Aby died this morning of Isthmus fever. Capable of conducting a ship in safety over the world, and competent to command her in time of battle -- alike distinguished for his moral and professional attainments -- he dies, lamented by us all, and esteemed as an officer and a man.

(Signed) E. G. Felton, Commander"

Class of 1846

Charles is one of 13 members of the Class of 1846 on Virtual Memorial Hall.