- Charles Morris (naval officer)
Commodore Charles Morris by Southworth & Hawes, circa 1850
Born July 26, 1784
Died January 27, 1856(aged 71)
Allegiance United States of America Service/branch United States Navy Rank Commodore Unit USS Constitution Commands held USS Adams Battles/wars Quasi-War
War of 1812
• Constitution vs Guerriere
• Battle of Hampden
Morris was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, 26 July 1784, and served in the Quasi-War with France, Barbary Wars, and War of 1812. He served as a Navy Commissioner from 1823 to 1827, and as the Chief of the Bureau of Construction, Equipment, and Repairs from 1844 to 1847.
In 1812 Morris was executive officer on the USS Constitution during her battle with the HMS Guerriere, in which action he was severely wounded. In 1814 he commanded the USS Adams in raiding expeditions against British commerce. Cornered in the Penobscot River in Maine by a British squadron under Capt. Robert Barrie, Morris and his men went ashore with their cannons and, assisted by local militia attempted to hold off the British amphibious force in the Battle of Hampden. The British regulars routed the Americans, however, and Morris and his crew had to scuttle the ship and escape overland to Portland, Maine.
He died in Washington, D.C., 27 January 1856.
- ^ Ecker, Grace Dunlop (1933). A Portrait of Old George Town. Garrett & Massie, Inc.. pp. 126–139.
- Autobiography of Commodore Charles Morris, USN, Charles Morris, Naval Institute Press, ISBN 1-55750-479-2
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