By Claude Berube, John Rodgaard

ISBN-10: 1429485914

ISBN-13: 9781429485913

ISBN-10: 1574885189

ISBN-13: 9781574885187

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ISBN-13: 9781574889963

Charles Stewart’s lifetime of crusing and wrestle at the excessive seas opponents that of Patrick O’Brien’s fictional hero, Jack Aubrey. Stewart held extra sea instructions (11) than the other U.S. army captain and served longer (63 years) than any officer in American naval heritage. He commanded all types of warship, from sloop to ship-of-the-line, and served each president from John Adams to Abraham Lincoln.Born in Philadelphia throughout the American Revolution, Stewart met President Washington and went to sea as a cabin boy on a merchantman ahead of age 13. In March 1798, at age nineteen, he obtained a naval fee one month prior to the dept of the military used to be tested. Stewart went directly to an illustrious naval occupation: Thomas Jefferson famous his Mediterranean exploits in the course of the Barbary Wars, Stewart prompt James Madison on the outset of the struggle of 1812, and Stewart knowledgeable many destiny senior naval officers—including David Porter, David Dixon Porter, and David G. Farragut—in 3 wars. He served as a pallbearer at President Lincoln’s funeral. Stewart cemented his acceptance as commander of the Navy’s strongest frigate, the USS structure. No different captain commanded this send for an extended wartime interval or via extra naval engagements. Undefeated in conflict, together with defeating the British warships Cyane and Levant concurrently, either send and captain got here to be referred to as “Old Ironsides.”

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Captain Barry was one of those, like President John Adams, who provided War Secretary James McHenry with their advice on who should be selected in the Class of ’98. S. naval history, Lt. James Barron. ’’3 In the midshipman berth on United States were two future standouts of the young navy: Charles’s friends Mid. Stephen Decatur and Mid. Richard Somers. With the three childhood friends together again, one could imagine that all three thought that the USS United States was an extension of their childhood days at Dr.

As the storm abated, Stewart’s assault force came about and beat westward toward Tripoli. On the afternoon of 16 February the tiny assault force came abreast and seaward of the city. Seeing the tops of the minarets of the city on the horizon, Stewart, fearing their presence was now compromised, directed that eight of his crew join Decatur to compensate for the possible 36 ................. 11333$ $CH3 05-20-05 13:09:47 PS PAGE 36 Master Commandant increase in reinforcements brought on board the Philadelphia.

Lt. James Caldwell joined him as first officer. The men rapidly developed a professional and warm personal relationship that would serve them well on their return to the shores of Tripoli. 37 According to historian Howard Chapelle, ‘‘Hutton was a brilliant naval architect, a splendid draftsman and a practical shipwright. . ’’38 As Syren’s captain, Charles Stewart worked with Hutton on the details of her construction. S. M. 39 As a brig, the Syren possessed solid lines, and she carried her sixteen twenty-four-pound carronades and two long twelvepound guns well.

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