From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Spedden '53

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: March 3, 1861

Age: 29

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 he died on March 3, 1861 in New York.

From The New York Times death notices on March 4, 1861:

In Brooklyn, at the United States Naval Hospital, Lieut. EDWARD T. SPEDDEN, U.S.N., attached to the United States steamer Mohawk, aged 29 years.

From The New York Times on March 7, 1861:

The "off-duty men" of the marine garrison, with squads of sailors from the different vessels at the Navy-yard, and nearly all the officers of the station in full uniform, attended the funeral obsequies of Lieut. SPEDDEN, from the Naval Hospital. Lieut. SPEDDEN entered the service in November, 1848, and is credited with five years and nine/months' sea service, and two years shore duty. He was two years and five months unemployed. He was a native of Maryland, and is sincerely regretted.

Mohawk was in port at this time.

Edward seems to be buried in New York. (The Find A Grave listing has "J" for the middle initial, but no photo to confirm if this is a transcription error. The date of loss is the same, and the plot is listed as "NAVAL, 12267.")


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 20 November, 1848. Passed Midshipman, 15 June, 1854. Master, 15 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 16 September, 1855. Died 3 March, 1861.

In 1851 he was an officer aboard the sloop of war Falmouth, which was then operating in the Pacific.

Class of 1853

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