From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Garrit Denniston '46

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: February 17, 1858

Age: unknown


Garrit died on February 17, 1858 in Albany, New York of a "hemorrhage of stomach." He was from Albany. (Cause of death from death register located by Kathy Franz.)

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


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 10 March, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Master, 1 March, 1855. Lieutenant, 14 September, 1855. Died 17 February, 1858.


From the 1986 Naval Academy Course Catalogue:

I shall be very glad when the day comes that I can leave here, for I have to get up before daylight and study until late at night. You know studying never agreed with my constitution. Midshipman Garrit V. Denniston, Class of 1846

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, Frigate Constellation

Others at this command: MIDN Charles Waddell '46 and MIDN Francis Gregory '46.

January 1844

Midshipman, Frigate Constellation

Others at this command: MIDN Charles Waddell '46.

January 1847

Passed Midshipman, Razee Independence

Others at this command: MIDN John Sproston '52.

January 1848

Passed Midshipman, Razee Independence

January 1849

Passed Midshipman, Razee Independence

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Store Ship Erie

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Store Ship Southampton

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, Sloop Vandalia

January 1856

Lieutenant, Sloop Vandalia

January 1857

Lieutenant, Rendezvous, New York

January 1858

Lieutenant, Rendezvous, New York

Class of 1846

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

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