Eugene Henry Cozzens Leutze

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Eugene Henry Cozzens Leutze
ADM Leutze with ADM Togo, 1911.jpg
Tōgō Heihachirō and Leutze circa 1911
Born (1847-11-16)November 16, 1847
Düsseldorf, Prussia
Died September 1, 1931(1931-09-01) (aged 83)
Brooklyn Naval Hospital, New York City
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 1863–1912
Rank USN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Alert
USS Monterey
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spanish–American War
Relations Emanuel Leutze (father)

Eugene Henry Cozzens Leutze (16 November 1847 – 1 September 1931) was an admiral of the United States Navy.


He was born on November 16, 1847 to Emanuel Leutze in Düsseldorf, Prussia. Appointed to the United States Naval Academy by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, he witnessed part of the Civil War on board the blockade ship Monticello the following summer.[1]

His early career brought Leutze various surveying assignments, especially in Central America. In 1897, as commanding officer of Alert, he helped promote the peace when representatives from Costa Rica and Nicaragua met and signed a treaty of peace aboard his ship. As captain of Monterey during the Spanish–American War, he sailed to reinforce Admiral George Dewey's fleet at Manila, and was present when the city capitulated.[1]

A fine administrator, he was promoted to rear admiral in 1907 while Superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory and Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Admiral Leutze ended his active career as Commandant of both the 3rd Naval District and the New York Navy Yard on 6 June 1912. He died at Brooklyn Naval Hospital on 1 September 1931.[1]

He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on 6 September 1931 without any "pomp and ritual" at his own request.[2]


In 1942, the destroyer USS Leutze (DD-481) was named in his honor.[1]

Leutze Park, the main parade ground at the Washington Navy Yard, is named in his honor. It is used for official change-of-command and retirement ceremonies.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Leutze". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Eugene Henry Cozzens Leutze, Rear Admiral, USN". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rear Admiral Eugene Henry Cozzens Leutze USN (1847–1931)". Retrieved 2 September 2010.