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NH 1392 Captain James Lawrence, USN, Commanding Officer of USS Hornet and USS Chesapeake

Photo #: NH 1392  Captain James Lawrence, USN
Description: Commanding Officer of USS Hornet and USS Chesapeake. Engraving of the medal authorized by the United States Congress in honor of Captain Lawrence's 24 February 1813 victory in the action between USS Hornet and HMS Peacock. The Congress ordered a gold version of the medal and requested that the President present it to his nearest male relative. A silver version was presented to each commissioned officer who served under him in Hornet. The engraving was published in Lossing's Field Book, War of 1812, page 700. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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