From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Renshaw '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: November 23, 1857

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Edward's life or loss, except that his death occurred on November 23, 1857 in Philadelphia. He was last stationed aboard either the sloop Cyane, with 20 guns, in the Home Squadron, or in the receiving ship Union, stationed in Philadelphia.

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, New Jersey. He is buried in New York.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 4 November, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 14 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 15 September, 1855. Died 23 November, 1857.

Related Articles

Thomas Eaton '47 was aboard the steamer Corwin with Edward, per the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1855.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1842

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1844

Midshipman, Sloop Falmouth

January 1846

Midshipman, Brig Lawrence

January 1847

Midshipman, Ohio, 74

January 1849

Midshipman, Frigate Constitution

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Store Ship Fredonia

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Brig Dolphin

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, acting master, Steamer Corwin

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Thomas Eaton '47.

January 1856

Lieutenant, Receiving ship, Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT George Hare '47.

January 1857

Sloop Cyane

Others at this command: MIDN Charles McDougal '56.

Class of 1847

Edward is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.