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HARMONY, David B., naval officer, born in Easton, Pennsylvania, 3 September, 1832. He entered the navy as midshipman on 7 April, 1847, passed that grade in 1853, became lieutenant in 1855, lieutenant-commander in 1862, commander in 1866, captain in 1875, and commodore in 1885. He served on the "Iroquois" at the passage of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip, and at the capture of New Orleans, and took part in many severe engagements with the batteries at Vicksburg and Grand Gulf. He was executive officer of the iron-clad " Nahant" in the first attack on Fort Sumter, 7 April, 1863, and in the engagement with the ram "Atlanta" on 117 June, and in all the attacks on defences at Charleston, from 4 July till 7 September. He held a command in the Eastern gulf squadron in 1863, and commanded the "Saratoga" in the Western gulf squadron in 1864-'5, taking part in the capture of Mobile and its defences. He commanded a division of eight vessels in an expedition to Montgomery, Alabama, in April, 1865, and in 1867 commanded the "Frolic" in Europe, one of the vessels of Admiral Farragut's squadron. He was honorably mentioned in the reports of Commander De Camp, Commander Palmer, and Commander Downes. He made his last cruise in 1881, was a member of the examining and retiring boards in 1883-'5, and is now (1887) serving as chief of the bureau of yards and docks, having held this office since 1885.
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