Levi Charles Harby (1793 - 1870)

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Birthplace: Georgetown, Georgetown, SC, USA
Death: Died in Galveston, Galveston, TX, USA
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About Levi Charles Harby

Captain in the United States navy. Brother of Isaac Harby; born in Georgetown, S. C., 1793; died at Galveston, Texas, 1870. At nineteen he became a midshipman in the United States navy, and during the War of 1812 was taken prisoner by the British, and was confined in Dartmoor Prison until the close of the war. In 1823 he was sailing-master on the U. S. vessel "Beagle." He subsequently became a captain in the Revenue Marine Service, and also served under Commodore Porter in the antipiratical squadron. Captain Harby took part in the Texan war of independence, and served in the Mexican war, the Seminole war, and the Bolivian war of independence. His name is frequently given as "Captain Levi Charles Harby" or "Captain Charles Levi Harby." He served the United States government for half a century. At the outbreak of the Civil war he resigned his commission and joined the Southern cause as captain of artillery in the Confederate army. Subsequently he was put in command of the fleet at Sabine Pass. He distinguished himself in the defense of Galveston, and was in command of Galveston harbor at the close of the war.

Captain Harby married Leonora De Lyon of Savannah. His sons are H. J. and J. D. Harby.

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Captain Levi Charles Harby's Timeline

September 21, 1793
Georgetown, Georgetown, SC, USA
January 31, 1842
Age 48
St Marys, Camden, GA, USA
March 29, 1848
Age 54
December 3, 1870
Age 77
Galveston, Galveston, TX, USA