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Causten enlisted in the Navy during the War of 1812. Assigned to serve aboard the frigate USS Constellation, neither Causten nor the crew would see action during the war, the ship never being allowed to leave its port in Norfolk, Virginia, because of the British blockade. Causten remained with the Navy after the war, being present for what historians have referred to as the Navy's period of professionalization. In the aftermath of the Tripolitan War and the War of 1812, the U.S. government was brought to the realization that a significantly strengthened Navy was necessary to protect U.S. shipping interests both at home and abroad. In response to these needs, two squadrons placed under the commands of Commodores William Bainbridge and Stephen Decatur were formed for the purpose of protecting U.S. merchant ships in the waters of the Mediterranean, particularly in the region of the Barbary coast. The frigate USS Constellation was assigned to Commodore Decatur's squadron. In February 1815, President James Madison sent this squadron to confront the Algerian Navy after Congress had declared war on the powerful Barbary Coast nation for its attacks on U.S. merchant ships. After a quick and decisive battle between the two maritime nations, Decatur's squadron emerged victorious, thus ensuring the security of U.S. shipping for that region. Several of Causten's letters recount his experiences while serving in this squadron, and make reference to the Navy's successful, if not controversial, attack on a Turkish ship in 1816. Found in the Causten Family Papers.
Donated to Georgetown College by Susan Decatur, the widow of the War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), the Stephen and Susan Decatur Papers consist of one letter book containing letters dated from 1812 to 1813 written to Commodore Decatur congratulating him on the victory of USS United States against HMS Macedonian, two letters dated 1812 to him from U.S. Navy Secretary Paul Hamilton, and 16 letters to Susan Decatur dated between 1831 and 1845.
William Oswald Dundas was a Confederate soldier and sailor. The collection includes correspondence with Lieutenant James Edward Calhoun, U.S. Navy.
The papers, including voluminous correspondence with political and military figures, document Captain DuVal's long involvement with the history, operations, and future of the Panama Canal, from his authorship of Cadiz to Cathay (1940) and And the Mountains Will Move (1947) through his distinguished service in the United States Navy at the Canal to his later research and lobbying activities regarding American Canal policy.
The Fitzhugh Green, Sr., Papers consist of Green's correspondence; diaries and notebooks; manuscripts (autograph and typed) to articles and prospective books; reprints of articles/papers; clippings from newspapers and magazines; and photographs including many negatives of family and a notable set of glass slides showing scenes from his Arctic travels. Most prominent are the series consisting of correspondence, scrapbooks, articles, notebooks and journals belonging to Green about the Crocker Land Expedition (dating from 1912-1916/17). A small box of Green's files relating to his service in the Navy is included. These papers consist primarily of official correspondence between Green and the Navy Department concerning personnel matters such as his assignments, leave, and salary.
Charles Lacey served as a Midshipman on board USS John Adams and USS Madison during the War of 1812.
Lynch III, Dominick
In the Tonita Ridgway Martin Papers.
Papers chronicling the naval career from 1854 onwards of Rear Admiral Jackson McElmell.
Letters to Commodore John Rodgers, 1813-1815.
10 May 2002