From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Powell '47

Date of birth: March 6, 1826

Date of death: September 25, 1863

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find many details about William's life or loss, except that he died September 25, 1863 while commanding officer of the Third Brigade at Fort Morgan, Alabama. He is buried in Alabama.

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


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 20 September, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 10 July, 1855. Lieutenant, 14 September, 1855. Dismissed 20 April, 1861.

Confederates in Memorial Hall

This alumni is included on this site because he is listed in Memorial Hall. We do not feel this is appropriate—these men took up arms against the same constitution they'd once sworn to support and defend—and we have engaged with the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Alumni Association to correct these and other errors.

Class of 1847

William is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.