Photo #: NH 1391
Captain William Bainbridge, USN,
Commanding Officer of USS Constitution.
Engraving of the medal authorized by the United States Congress in honor of Captain Bainbridge's 29 December 1812 victory in the battle between USS Constitution and HMS Java. A gold version of the medal was struck for Bainbridge and a silver one for each of Constitution's other commissioned officers.
The engraving was published in Lossing's "Field Book, War of 1812", page 463.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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2 September 2002