From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Kennedy '65

Date of birth: January 19, 1845

Date of death: November 30, 1883

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Charles William Kennedy was admitted to the Naval Academy from Canastota, New York on September 25, 1861 at age 16 years 9 months.


From Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, 1884:

Lieutenant-Commander Charles William Kennedy. Born, Canastota, New York, January 19, 1845. Appointed an Acting Midshipman from New York, September 25, 1861. Graduated from the Naval Academy, November 22, 1864. February 1, 1865, ordered to report to Rear-Admiral Paulding, for duty at New York. March 30, 1865, detached and ordered to the Susquehanna, South Atlantic Squadron, then transferred to the Nipsic. November 1, 1866, commissioned an Ensign, December 1, 1866, commissioned a Master. October 11, 1867, detached from the Nipsic and placed on waiting orders. January 15, 1868, ordered to the Kearsarge, South Pacific Squadron. March 12, 1868, commissioned a Lieutenant. April 9, 1869, commissioned a Lieutenant-Commander, from March 26, 1869. Transferred to the Saranac. January 18, 1871, detached from the Saranac and placed on waiting orders. April 28, 1871, ordered to duty in the Coast Survey. March 30, 1874, detached from the Coast Survey steamer Hassler and placed on waiting orders. August 14, 1874, Naval Academy. Practice ship Constellation, summer of 1877. September 15, 1878, detached from the Naval Academy and placed on waiting orders. September 18, 1878, ordered to the Quinnebaug. Transferred to Wyoming. May 26, 1881, detached and placed on waiting orders. June 17, 1881, Naval Academy. June 30, 1882, detached and ordered as Assistant to Lighthouse Inspector, 11th District. Died, Las Vegas, New Mexico, November 30, 1883. Sea service, eleven years, ten months ; shore duty, nine years, two months; total service, twenty-two years, two months.

Unable to determine how he was lost, but suspect it was due to illness. His death was reported in two contemporaneous newspaper accounts, but neither gives a cause besides "died suddenly."

Charles is buried in Michigan.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 25 September, 1861. Graduated 22 November, 1864. Ensign, 1 November, 1866. Master, 1 December, 1866. Lieutenant, 12 March, 1868. Lieutenant Commander, 26 March, 1869. Died 30 November, 1883.

Class of 1865

Charles is one of 3 members of the Class of 1865 on Virtual Memorial Hall.