Holley, Robert Yeoman
Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VTVITALS
Birth: 03/1837, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Robert Y. Holley
Robert Y. Holley was born in Canada. His grandfather, Robert Holley of Bristol, Vermont, was a Revolutionary War veteran. He was appointed Acting Midshipman, U.S. Navy, from Vermont, on March 16, 1852, and reported to the Naval Academy on May 24, but was later dropped from the school.
On September 3, 1861, he was appointed Acting Master, U.S. Navy, credited to Burlington. He served initially on the steamer Norwich, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron from January to March 1862, then on the side-wheel steamer Augusta, from March to August. From October 1863, he served on the steamer New Berne, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
On June 9, 1864, while six miles west of Beaufort Bar, Holley led three well-armed boats from New Berne to investigate a strange steamer, which turned out to be the Pevensey, a blockade -runner. The steamer eventually ran ashore and blew up both of its boilers; all but one of the crew escaped.
On November 19, Holley reported the arrival of New Berne at New York, completing "trip No. 20," and provided documents detailing officers and passengers, enlisted men, prisoners and vessels communicated with and supplied during his voyage from North Carolina.
On March 3, 1865, Acting Master Holley, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, acknowledged receipt of orders promoting him from executive officer to command of New Berne, and pledged to "endeavor to carry out the orders of the Department to the best of my abilities."
Holley later commanded the steamer Massachusetts until relieved in September 1867, and was discharged on January 14, 1868.
Holley was nominated by President Grant to be United States Consul at Barbados on April 12, 1869, the nomination was approved, and he was appointed April 16. He was subsequently nominated by President Grant to remain in that position on December 15, 1874. This latter nomination was approved by the Senate on December 21.
He died December 20, 1900, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery (Section East Site 750).