James H. Sands

Deceased Person

James H. Sands Rear Admiral James Hoban Sands (12 July 1845 – 26 October 1911) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War and eventually became Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. Son of Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Sands, he was born in Washington, D.C. in 1845. Sands was appointed Acting Midshipman in the United States Naval Academy on 25 November 1859, and graduated in 1863 while the academy was still in Newport. During the American Civil War, he served in Tuscarora, Juniata, and Shenandoah and, in the years that followed, in USS Hartford and Richmond. He was part of the blockading fleet during the Civil War, which for a time was commanded by his father, and was present at the evacuation of Charleston; he also participated in both attacks on Fort Fisher, for which he was cited for gallantry in action, and twice recommended for promotion. Ordered to the Naval Observatory in 1869, he returned to sea duty on the Asiatic Station, a year and a half later. From October 1873 to April 1875, he served in the Hydrographic Office. Duty in Minnesota and Iroquois followed; and, in 1884, he returned to Washington, D.C., for duty at the Washington Navy Yard. During the  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
James Sands
Date of birth
Place of birth
Washington, D.C.


Institution From To
United States Naval Academy


Date of death
Place of death
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial
Arlington National Cemetery

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