From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Sproston '52

Date of birth: August 14, 1828

Date of death: June 8, 1862

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Biography & Loss

From Wikipedia:

John Glendy Sproston was born in Maryland. He was the eldest son of George Saxon Sproston, a U.S. naval surgeon, and Jane Glendy, a daughter of the Rev John Glendy, former Chaplain of the United States Senate. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1846. He subsequently served with the Pacific Squadron during the war with Mexico. In 1854, Sproston voyaged to Japan with the Perry Expedition.

During the Civil War, he served as commanding officer of Powhatan and as executive officer of Seneca. On 1 November 1861, during the Battle of Port Royal, Sproston personally fired many of the 11-inch guns on board Seneca as the crew was new and untrained. Lt. Sproston was killed on 8 June 1862, while on a boat expedition to destroy a Confederate privateer in the St. Johns River in Florida.

Both John Sproston and his father are buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

He was appointed to the Naval Academy from Ohio. He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 15 July, 1846. Passed Midshipman, 8 June, 1852. Master, 15 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 16 September, 1855. Killed 8 June, 1862.


USS Sproston (DD 173) and USS Sproston (DD 577) were both named for John.

Class of 1852

John is the only member of the Class of 1852 in Memorial Hall.