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Naval officer

James Harmon Ward, American naval officer.

Background

Ward, James Harmon was born on September 25, 1806 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Son of James and Ruth (Butler) Ward.

Education

Graduate American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, Norwich, Vermont. Studied science Trinity College, Hartford, 1828.

Career

Commissioned midshipman United States Navy, 1823, served on ship Constitution in Member terranean, 1824-1828. Became a recognized authority on ordnance and naval tactics. Executive officer United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland., 1845-1847, head department of ordnance and gunnery.

In command ship Cumberland, 1847. Stationed at Brooklyn Navy Yard, at start of Civil War. Commanded small fleet called Potomac Flotilla, 1861, silenced Confederate batteries at Aquia Creek, Virginia, 1861.

Author: An Elementary Course of Instruction on Ordnance and Gunnery (adopted as United States Naval Academy textbook), 1845. A Manual of Naval Tactics, 1859. Steam for the Million, 1860.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: An Elementary Course of Instruction on Ordnance and Gunnery (adopted as United States Naval Academy textbook), 1845. A Manual of Naval Tactics, 1859. Steam for the Million, 1860.

Connections

Married Sarah Whittemore, April.

father:
James Ward

mother:
Ruth (Butler) Ward

spouse:
Sarah Whittemore