Lieut Lambert Gittings Palmer

Lieut Lambert Gittings Palmer

Birth
Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Death 24 Nov 1877 (aged 29)
At Sea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section Sou, Site 170.
Memorial ID 39717218 · View Source
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Lieutenant, United States Navy

Age 29 years, 1 month, 12 days. Buried December 6, 1877 in Oak Hill Cemetery. Remains removed to Arlington National Cemetery on November 20, 1942. On September 16, 1874 as Lambert Gittings Palmer, he married Fanny Ashhurst at Newport, Rhode Island.

The National Republican
Monday Morning, November 26, 1877
Lieut. Lambert G. Palmer
If it proves, as is sadly anticipated, that Lieut. Lambert G. Palmer, of the ill-fated Huron, was among the number who perished in the storm and darkness of Friday night of Kittyhawk, the wedding of his sister and Mr. Adams, of the British Legation, which was to have occurred upon Thanksgiving Day, will doubtless be postponed. The young lieutenant whom we remember to have seen last summer so full of life and promise among the gay society of Fortress Monroe while his vessel was stationed in Hampton Roads, was only twenty-six years old. He was a son of Commodore J.C Palmer, United States Navy and brother of Aulich Palmer, United States Marine Corp and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1863 by President Lincoln. Less than three short years ago he was married to one of Philadelphia’s [should be Baltimore] fairest daughters, Miss Ashurst, who now resides with her two babies – the youngest an infant of but few months – on Sixteenth Street, near F. It is generally a mistaken kindness that, fearing to break bad news too suddenly, withholds definite information, even for an hour. The heart is a muscle and cannot break, but any certainty, however terrible, is better than the agonizing suspense between hope and fear, which sometimes whitens heads and does the work of years in a single night.

Complete Army and Navy Register of the United States of America
Palmer, Lambert G.
Midshipman, July 20, 1863. Graduated June 1868. Ensign, April 19, 1869. Master, July 12, 1870. Lieutenant, November 10, 1872. Lost on the Huron, November 24, 1877

Navy History and Heritage Command website:
The second Huron, an iron sloop-rigged steamer, was built by John Roach, Chester, Pennsylvania from 1873-1875 and commissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard November 15, 1875, Commander George P. Ryan in command.

Huron arrived December 11, 1875 for duty at Norfolk and spent the next two years cruising in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. She stopped at Vera Cruz and Key West on her first cruise, returning to Port Royal August 4, 1876, and visited many Caribbean and Venezuelan ports March to June 1877. After repairs at New York Navy Yard in August, the ship sailed to Hampton Roads and departed November 23, 1877 for a scientific cruise on the coast of Cuba. Huron encountered heavy weather soon after departure, however, and was wrecked shortly after 1AM next morning near Nag's Head, North Carolina. For a time her crew worked in relatively little danger, attempting to free their ship, but she soon heeled over, carrying 98 officers and men to their deaths.


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  • Added: 21 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39717218
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Lambert Gittings Palmer (12 Oct 1848–24 Nov 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39717218, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .