Collection of Benjamin Weiss
CAPTAIN CHARLES STEWART
FURST, Moritz: USA, 1815, Bronze, 65 mm
Charles Stewart (1778-1869) was born in Philadelphia. Early in his career he served in the West Indies and in the Tripolitan campaign. Through a series of promotions, in 1806 he attained the rank of captain. On February 20, 1815, while in command of the frigate Constitution he fought and captured two British ships-or-war, the frigate Cyane under Captain Gordon Falcon, and the sloop-of-war Levant, under Captain the Honorable George Douglas. For his brilliant action he was awarded a gold medal from Congress.
LINK to article: Medalic History of the War of 1812: Consequences to the American Indian Nations (by Benjamin Weiss)
LINK to Capture of the Cyane and Levant (from Naval Historical Center)
LINK to painting of Captain Charles Stuart by Thomas Sully (from National Gallery of Art)