Collection of Benjamin Weiss
CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE
FURST, Moritz: USA, 1813, Bronze, 64 mm
James Lawrence (1781-1813) served as lieutenant against Tripoli, and was second in command under Decatur, in the Intrepid, when the Philadelphia was destroyed off Tripoli. In 1813, as master-commandant, with the Hornet, he captured the British brig-of-war Peacock. In 1813, as captain, he commanded the Chesapeake and fell, mortally wounded, in the engagement with the British ship Shannon. His last words, when carried below, were, "Don't give up the ship!"
LINK to article: Medalic History of the War of 1812: Consequences to the American Indian Nations (by Benjamin Weiss)
LINK to painting and biography of Captain James Lawrence (from Naval Historical Center)