From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Samuel Armistead '83

Date of birth: September 26, 1861

Date of death: January 27, 1895

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Samuel Wilston Armistead was admitted to the Naval Academy from Portsmouth, Virginia on October 1, 1879 at age 18 years 0 months.


Samuel was lost on January 27, 1895 when a taut hawser slipped and struck him in the head; this occurred while he was supervising the moving of the dry-dock caisson at the Mare Island Navy Yard.

He was survived by his wife and a son; his daughter died in 1892. Samuel is buried in Virginia.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Cadet Engineer, 1 October, 1879. Ensign, 1 July, 1885. Assistant Naval Constructor, 1 July, 1887. Naval Constructor, 14 March, 1892. Died 27 January, 1895.

Memorial Hall Error

Samuel's rank in all contemporaneous listings is "Naval Constructor;" this is also on his headstone. Memorial Hall has "Master." (The Naval Constructor term was used simultaneously as a rank and the staff corps of which they were a part.)

Class of 1883

Samuel is one of 4 members of the Class of 1883 on Virtual Memorial Hall.