James Harmon Ward Edit Profile
Graduate American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, Norwich, Vermont. Studied science Trinity College, Hartford, 1828.
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.
Married Sarah Whittemore, April.