Robert H. Harwood - Seaman

Robert H. Harwood was born circa 1844 in Madeira, Portugal and his final enlistment was on 12 April 1864 at the New York, NY Naval Rendezvous as a seaman for a 1 year enlistment[1].

Per the pension his mother received[5], Harwood served aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina from 10 February 1863 to 20 February 1863; U.S.S. Clara Dolsen from 21 February 1863 to 28 March 1863; Naval Station Key West from 29 March 1863 to 10 February 1864 when he was discharged. Re-enlisted 12 April 1864 and served aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina from 12 April 1864 to 20 April 1864. His last command, the Tecumseh he was attached to on 22 April 1864 [2]. He was reported lost with her during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864 as reported in Navy casualty lists.[3], [4].

He was approximately 24 years old and had been in the Navy for over seven years.


None. Mother claimed his pension.

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Brooklyn, New York, for the week ending April 16, 1864

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3] "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.

[4] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885

[5] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910