Son of Benjamin F. Sands, James Hoban Sands, (12 July 1845- 26 October 1911) also became a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and eventually Superintendent of the U.S. naval Academy. Admitted to USNA in 1859 and graduated in 1863 while the academy was based at Newport, Rhode island.
During the Civil War, he served on the USS Tuscarora, Juanita and Shenadoah. After the war he was on the USS Hartford.
He was present at both battles of Fort Fisher where he was cited for gallantry in action twice and recommended for promotion.
He took his father's notes and compiled them into a book, "From Reefer to Rear Admiral."