Class of ’63
This group portrait of 29 uniformed naval cadets, from the U. S. Naval Academy’s Class of 1863, was taken in 1860. The group posed in front of Newport Tower, also know as the Old Stone Mill, which stands outside what was the gate of the Naval Academy in Newport, Rhode Island. Fearing capture by the Confederates, the Union moved USS Constitution and the Naval Academy north from Annapolis, Maryland, to Newport at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.
This print was likely created much later, in the late 19th or early 20th century. On the reverse is a typed list of names. Among the list are some cadets who went on to become rear admirals and captains.