Lowry, Horatio B.
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Horatio B. Lowry
Horatio Barnard Lowry was born 10 November 1837, in Burlington, the son of Abner Benedict and Olivia Moore Lowry. He was appointed to the Marine Corps from South Carolina. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant, 16 September 1861, and promoted First Lieutenant, 26 November 1861. His first duty station was the Marine Barracks, Washington, DC, in 1861. Later that year he was transferred to the Marine Barracks Portsmouth, and in 1862, was transferred to the Marine Battalion, Port Royal.
Onboard the flag-ship Wabash, SABS, he commanded one hundred marines serving ashore, on Morris Island, SC, with the same number of sailors, engaged in placing heavy guns in battery to be used against Fort Sumter. He also commanded the marines of the side-wheel steamers James Adger, Keystone State, Alabama, and the screw steamer Albatross, which were organized as a battalion, upon special duty off Georgetown, SC, and neighboring waters, and engaged the enemy near Blake's plantation, all in 1862.
On 18 June Lowry was ordered to "please take passage in the Hope and report to Commander Marchand, on the James Adger, senior officer off Charleston. Commander Marchand will, agreeably to orders forwarded by the Hope, place on board of the Hale and Henry Andrew the marine guards of the James Adger, Keystone State, and Alabama, of which you will assume the command, and with which you will proceed to Georgetown, and report to Commander Prentiss, of the Albatross, for special service in the neighboring waters. When your services and those of the marines can be dispensed with the marines will be returned to their respective ships and you will resume your duties on board the Wabash."
Commander George A. Prentiss, commanding Albatross, reported on 2 July:" On the 24th ultimo we passed the bar with 11 feet of water and entered the South Santee… Passing … Blake's plantation, we were fired upon by artillery, riflemen, and cavalry; the shots passed over and near the Henry Andrew, the sternmost vessel. We turned back, shelled them into the woods, landed the marines and a party of seaman, burned the mill and dwellings that harbored them, together with about 100,000 bushels of rice. Lieutenant Lowry threw out skirmishers and advance cautiously into the adjoining woods, when he was attacked by the rebels in force. He retreated, fighting, as directed by me, under the cover of the steamers. A marine was wounded in the leg and a number of others had very narrow escapes."
He served with the Marine Battalion on Morris and Folly Islands, SC, in 1863, where he was brevetted Captain for gallant and meritorious services, in the night attack upon Fort Sumter, made by marines and sailors, on 8 September 1863.
From 1864 to 1865, he served at the Marine Barracks Boston, and later in 1865, on the receiving-ship Vermont at Brooklyn Navy Yard. He also commanded the guard aboard flagship New Hampshire, and the marines ashore at Bay Point, SC.
He was stationed at the Marine Barracks Boston in 1866, and again served on the receiving ship Vermont, in 1867, before transferring to serve at the Marine Barracks Philadelphia from 1867 to 1869. In 1869 and 1870, he was attached to the frigate Sabine, on a special cruise.
He was promoted to Captain on 16 October 1869, and served at the Marine Barracks Philadelphia again from 1870 to 1872.
He was appointed Assistant Quartermaster, with the rank of Captain, 21 June 1872, and served at Headquarters Marine Corps, in 1872, Brooklyn, in 1873; at the Assistant Quartermaster's Office, in New York, in 1877, and the Assistant Quartermaster's Office, in Philadelphia, in 1877 when the nation's first labor strike occurred.
He returned to Headquarters Marine Corps, as Acting Quartermaster from 1 August to 1 November 1881, was appointed Quartermaster, with the rank of Major, in May 1885. He was living in Rockville, MD in 1890 and 1891.
On a somewhat amusing note, he was listed in the Washington, DC City Directory, 1890 and 1891, living in Rockville, occupation listed as major and quartermaster U S Member of Congress (USMC obviously misinterpreted by the transcriber).
He served on the General and Reception Committees during the second inauguration of President Grover Cleveland on 4 March 1893.
He remained Quartermaster of the Marine Corps through at least 1 January 1896, with the rank of Major, and remained on duty at Headquarters Marine Corps, until his voluntary retirement on 19 June 1897, after 36 years of service.
He married Charlotte Huntington Young, daughter of Charles and Mary Brownell Young, on 15 December 1863, at Brooklyn, NY. Mary Louise Lowry.
Lowry died 22 May 1901, in Atlantic City, NJ; interment unknown.
[Photo in Marine Corps in the Civil War, 2nd Year; Peck; Benedict; Callahan 691; 1863 Naval Register; 1870 Naval Register; Hamersly 1894, 369; 1850, 1890 Censuses; Washington, DC City Directory, 1890, 1891; Cleveland and Stevenson Inaugural Ceremonies March 4, 1893, Officers and Members of the General, Executive and Sub-committees. (Undated booklet), 2, 13; Nichols, 131; ORN 13:113, 122; John B. Marchand was a brother-in-law of George Foster Emmons, and Thornton Jenkins, all married to daughters of Navy Purser Francis Thornton; Symonds, 250n; Navy Widows' Certificate #15265; Senate Report No. 1543, 57th Congress, 1st Session, May 15, 1902, to accompany H.R. 11343, granting a pension to Mary Louise Lowry.]
Extract from "Green Mountain Mariners in the Civil War," to be published Spring 2011, by Tom Ledoux.