Captain Charles Dwight Sigsbee was born in Albany, New York, on January
16, 1845, and is a descendant of an old Holland
family. He was appointed acting midshipman in the United States Navy on September 27, 1859; midshipman on July 16,
1862; promoted ensign on October 1, 1863; was in battles of Fort Fisher and Mobile Bay; promoted master on May 10,
1866; lieutenant on February 21,1867; lieutenant commander on March 12, 1868. He distinguished himself in deep sea
sounding, inventing apparatus for the same, and publishing a highly authoritative work on the subject. He was decorated with
the Red Eagle of Prussia by Emperor Wilhelm I. He received a gold medal at the London Fisheries' Exhibition. He was
promoted commander on May 11, 1882; has commanded many ships, and has served as hydrographer of the navy. He was
promoted captain on March 21, 1897, and had command of the ill fated battleship Maine, blown up in Havana harbor, Cuba,
on February 15,1898. In September, 1898, he was advanced three numbers in his grade for "extraordinary heroism in action,"
during the war with Spain, while in command of the United States steamer St. Paul, and is at present (March 1, 1899) in
command of the battleship Texas.
Mrs. Sigsbee's father, Professor Henry H. Lockwood, U. S. N., retired
with rank of commodore, is a graduate of West Point
Academy, has served in the United States Army as a lieutenant; was appointed professor in the United States Naval Academy,
at Annapolis, on November 4, 1841; was during the Civil War a brigadier general of United States Volunteers, and for a time
commanded at Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Delaware in 1815.
Her brother, Lieutenant James Booth Lockwood, of the United States Army,
was second in command of the Greely Arctic
Expedition, and died at his post in the Arctic region, having gone farther north (lat. 83ø 24') than any navigator except Dr. F.