From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Marr '46

Date of birth: April 18, 1823

Date of death: September 28, 1854

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


Robert Athelstan Marr was lost sometime after September 28, 1854 when USS Albany (1846) went missing between Aspinwall (now Colón, Panama) and New York.

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


ROBERT ATHELSTAN, U. S. N., b. Apr. 18, 1823; d. Sep. 28, 1854; m. Apr. 6, 1850, Mary LaVallette, dau. of Rear Admiral Elie A. F. LaVallette, U.S. N.; ed. Warrenton Acad.; appointed Midshipman U. S. N. Apr. 29, 1840; served with gallantry under Com. Perry on the coast of Africa; later on he entered the U. S. Naval School at Annapolis and grad. first in his class; participated in the Mexican War and fired the first shot in the Naval attack on Vera Cruz. He was on duty in the U. S. Coast Survey after the Mexican War.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 29 April. 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Master, 5 May, 1854. Lost in the Albany, 28 September, 1854.



In 1843 Robert Athelston Marr was involved in a duel while in the Navy with Wingate Pilsbury "on Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, while serving aboard the U.S.S. Macedonian." (Photocopy of article at the VA Historical Society in Richmond)

Class of 1846

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