From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roderick Prentiss '59

Date of birth: 1840

Date of death: August 6, 1864

Age: ~24

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Roderick Prentiss was admitted to the Naval Academy from Indiana on September 21, 1854 at age 14 years 1 months.


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From Find A Grave:

Roderick Prentiss, a son of Judge William S. Prentiss, at the age of fourteen years received an appointment through the aid of Judge Chamberlain to the Naval School at Annapolis, where he received a thorough education, and subsequently accepted service in the U. S. Navy, and while gallantly serving as executive officer of the sloop of war USS Monongahela (1862) in an engagement during the war of the rebellion, August 5, 1864, he was terribly wounded by both legs being shot to pieces, and died the following day. His remains rest near Pensacola, where a stone, erected by his brother officers, marks his grave. thus upon the threshold of a brilliant career, at the age of twenty four years, a brave officer and a noble gentleman was ruthlessly slain in a ruthless war.

From Orbis Cascade Alliance:

Roderick Prentiss, born in 1840, received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1854. He graduated in 1859 and received his commission as a midshipman, first serving on the USS San Jacinto and USS Portsmouth on a cruise to Portugal and Africa. Roderick was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in August 1861 and was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron on board the USS Crusader. His last assignment was on board the USS Monongahela and during the battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864 he was fatally wounded when that ship engaged the Confederate ironclad CSS Tennessee. Roderick died the next day and was buried at Pensacola, Florida.

(The above archive has many letters, diaries, and journals written by Roderick.)

He was survived by his wife, Caroline, to whom he was married on September 2, 1863.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall and in the Register of Alumni, though the latter has no date associated with this action.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 21 September, 1854. Midshipman, 9 June, 1859. Lieutenant, 31 August, 1861. Died from wounds, 6 August, 1864.

Class of 1859

Roderick is one of 5 members of the Class of 1859 on Virtual Memorial Hall.