PHILIP W. LOWRY, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Philip Lowry '63

Date of birth: March 10, 1845

Date of death: February 12, 1866

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Philip Wager Lowry was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 22, 1859 at age 14 years 6 months.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Philip's life or loss, except that it occurred on February 10th or 12th, 1866, at Fort Hamilton, New York.

He is buried in New York. He was survived by his wife, Caroline Tilghman.

The Navy Report from 1867 gives his date of death as February 12, 1866, but this genealogy gives February 10. It also gives his date of birth (March 10, 1845).

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 22 September, 1859. Ensign, 16 September, 1862. Died 12 February, 1866.

In 1865 he was an Ensign aboard the 2nd rate ship Sacramento — though as of December 1864 he had been detached "and placed on sick leave." Another publication also reported on his sick leave in February 1865.

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.

September 1861

Acting Midshipman, Frigate St. Lawrence

January 1863

Ensign, Steam Frigate Wabash

Others at this command: LT Alexander MacKenzie '59 and LT Samuel Preston '62.

January 1864

Ensign, Steam Sloop Sacramento

Others at this command: LT George Ryan '61.


Class of 1863

Philip is one of 14 members of the Class of 1863 on Virtual Memorial Hall.