David B. Harmony

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David Butts Harmony
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David B. Harmony in 1865
Born (1832-09-03)September 3, 1832
Easton, Pennsylvania
Died November 2, 1917(1917-11-02) (aged 85)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1847–1893
Rank USN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Saratoga
USS Frolic
USS Portsmouth
USS Kearsarge
USS Plymouth
USS Powhatan
USS Tennessee
USS Colorado
Battles/wars American Civil War

David Butts Harmony (September 3, 1832 – November 2, 1917) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy, who served during the 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.[1]

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.[1]

Promoted to commander in 1866, Harmony then served at the New York Navy Yard, and then in 1867-69 commanded the Frolic in the European Squadron, one of the vessels of Admiral Farragut's squadron.[1]

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.[1]

David B. Harmony

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.[1]

Harmony died on November 2, 1917 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

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.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "David Butts Harmony, Rear Admiral, USN". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
Military offices
Preceded by
George E. Belknap
Commander, Asiatic Squadron
20 February 1892–7 June 1893
Succeeded by
John Irwin