JONATHAN M. WAINWRIGHT, MASTER, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jonathan Wainwright '67

Date of birth: January 29, 1849

Date of death: June 19, 1870

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on July 29, 1863 at age 14 years 6 months.

Loss

Jonathan was lost on June 19, 1870 of wounds received two days earlier during an attack against a pirate ship near Mexico. He was serving aboard USS Mohican (1859).

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall under the heading "Action with Pirates 1870".

He is buried in New York. He was survived by his mother and brother, who went on to a successful naval career.

His father, Jonathan M. Wainwright II, was a naval officer killed in action in the Civil War.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 30 July, 1863. Graduated June, 1867. Ensign, 18 December, 1868. Died 19 June, 1870.

Namesakes

From Wikipedia:

The first ship was named for Commander Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II, his son, Master Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright III, and his cousin, Commander Richard Wainwright. Wainwright (DD-419) honored these three officers as well as Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright, the son of Commander Richard Wainwright. Wainwright (DLG-28) honored the previous four Wainwrights and Commander Richard Wainwright, the son of Admiral Wainwright.

Memorial Hall Error

The Class of 1867 panel and the killed in action panel both omit Jonathan's suffix; should be "III."

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.


Class of 1867

Jonathan is one of 5 members of the Class of 1867 on Virtual Memorial Hall.