EDWARD P. WILLIAMS, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Williams '53

Date of birth: 1834

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: ~35

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Loss

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Edward 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. He was the commanding officer.

A detailed account of the event is available here.

He was from Boothbay, Maine.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 9 September, 1847. Passed Midshipman, 10 June, 1853. Master, 15 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 16 September, 1855. Lieutenant Commander, 16 July, 1862. Commander, 25 July, 1866. Lost on the Oneida, 24 January, 1870.

From Together We Served:

  • 1847-1850, USS St. Mary's (1844)
  • 1850-1851, USS Plymouth (1844) - (Sloop of War)
  • 1851-1852, USS Saranac (1848) Sloop of war
  • 1853-1853, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  • 1854-1855, USS Dale (Sloop of War)
  • 1855-1855, USS JAMESTOWN (Sloop-of-war)
  • 1855-1857, USS JAMESTOWN (Sloop-of-war)
  • 1858-1858, NAVSTA Boston
  • 1858-1860, USS Dolphin (12 gun schooner)
  • 1861-1861, USS Mississippi (1841) Sidewheel steamer
  • 1862-1862, West Gulf Blockading Squadron/South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • 1862-1863, USS Paul Jones (1862)
  • 1864-1865, Boston Navy Yard
  • 1865-1866, NRD Boston
  • 1866-1867, New York
  • 1867-1869, Boston Navy Yard
  • 1869-1870, USS Oneida (1861) Screw sloop


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William Stewart '61, John Phelan '66, Charles Brown '67, 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 1853

Edward is one of 9 members of the Class of 1853 in Memorial Hall.