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Henry Augustus Wise (May 24, 1819 – April 3, 1869) author and United States Navy officer born in Brooklyn, New York, to George Stewart Wise and Catherine Standsberry. The Wise family moved to Virginia and his Naval career began in 1834 as a midshipman. Henry served in the U.S.-Mexican War as a Lieutenant on board the razee Independence seeing action in the Gulf of California. He dedicated his consequent naval service in becoming an expert in gunnery. When the American Civil War broke out he considered serving with his home state of Virginia when they left the Union but opted to stay in the U.S. Navy as a Captain. Promoted to Commander of the Niagara in 1862 he was soon ordered to destroy the Gosport Navy Yard, near his old home. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln appointed Wise chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, and was promoted to Captain in 1866 he held the Ordnance position until his resignation in 1868. He died in Naples, Italy, the following year. In 1850 he married Catherine Brooks Everett, daughter of Edward Everett and Charlotte Gray Brooks.

Children[edit | edit source]

  1. Charlotte Everett Wise (June 7, 1851 – 1920) married Archibald Hopkins
  2. Katherine Wise (December 19, 1852 – 1920) married Jacob W. Miller
  3. Edward Everett Wise (November 14, 1854 – May 2, 1891) married Marion McAllister
  4. Henrietta Augusta Wise (August 21, 1860 – 1920) married (1) Lt. John Downes (2) W.K. Nicholsen

Principal works[edit | edit source]

Under the pen name of "Harry Gringo"

  • Los Gringos, or an Interior View of Mexico and California, with Wanderings in Peru, Chile, and Polynesia 1854
  • Tales for the Marines. 1855
  • Scampavias: From Gibel-Tarek to Stamboul 1857
  • The Story of the Gray African Parrot 1859
  • Captain Brand of the Schooner Centipede 1860-64

References[edit | edit source]

  • Duyckinck, Evert A., and George L. Duyckinck. "Henry Augustus Wise."Cyclopaedia of American Literature; Embracing Personal and Critical Notices of Authors, and Selections from Their Writings. From the Earliest Period to the Present Day; with Portraits, Autographs, and Other Illustrations. New York: C. Scribner, 1856. (pp. 669–70) googlebooks Accessed January 28, 2008
  • Wise, Jennings C. Col. John Wise of England and Virginia (1617-1695); His Ancestors and Descendants. Richmond Va: Bell Books and Stationery Co, 1918. googlebooks Accessed January 28, 2008

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