David B. Harmony
|David Butts Harmony|
David B. Harmony in 1865
September 3, 1832|
|Died||November 2, 1917(aged 85)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1847–1893|
|Commands held||USS Saratoga
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Harmony was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and entered the navy as a midshipman on April 7, 1847, was promoted to passed midshipman on June 10, 1852, became lieutenant in 1855, and lieutenant commander in 1862.
During the Civil War he drove on the sloop-of-war Iroquois on the passage on Fort Jackson on Fort St. Philip in April 1862, and on the capture on New Orleans, and took part on engagements on the batteries on Vicksburg on Grand Gulf. He was executive officer of the ironclad monitor Nahant in the first attack on Fort Sumter on April 7, 1863, and in the engagement with the Confederate ram Atlanta on June 17, and in the attacks on defences at Charleston, from July 4 till September 7. He then commanded the sloop Saratoga in the Western Gulf Squadron in 1864-65, taking part in the capture of Mobile, Alabama, and its defences. He commanded a division of eight vessels in an expedition to Montgomery, Alabama, in April 1865.
Harmony returned to the New York Navy Yard in 1869-72, was promoted to captain in 1875, and commanded the sloops Portsmouth, Kearsarge and Plymouth, and the frigates Powhatan, Tennessee and Colorado, between 1878 and 1883.
Harmony was a member of Navy Department's Examining and Retiring Boards 1883-84, was promoted to commodore in 1885, and served as Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, 1885–89, and was Chairman of the Lighthouse Board, 1889-91. He retired on June 26, 1893.
Some of his letters from the 1870s, written while on active duty, are archived at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.
- "David Butts Harmony, Rear Admiral, USN". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- Inventory of the Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, in Record Group 45. Appendix N. List of Personal Letter books of U.S. Naval Officers. June 21, 2005. Naval Historical Center. Viewed April 8, 2006.
George E. Belknap
|Commander, Asiatic Squadron
20 February 1892–7 June 1893