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Financial District in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Captain James Lawrence & Lieutenant Augustus C. Ludlow

 
 
Captain James Lawrence Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
1. Captain James Lawrence Marker
Inscription.  
In memory of
Captain James Lawrence
of the United States Navy,
Who fell on the 1st day of June 1813, in the 32nd year of his age, in the action between the frigates Chesapeake and Shannon. He was distinguished on various occasions, but especially when commanding the sloop of war Hornet he captured and sunk his Britanick Majesty’s sloop of war Peacock after a desperate action of fourteen minutes. His bravery in action was equaled only by his modesty in triumph, and his magnanimity to the vanquished. In private life, he was a Gentleman of the most generous and endearing qualities. The whole nation mourned his loss and the Enemy contended with his Countrymen who should most honor his remains.

< Left Side of Monument >
The Heroick Commander
of the frigate Chesapeake,
whose remains are here deposited expressed with his expiring breath, his devotion to his Country.
Neither the fury of battle, nor the horrors of approaching death, could subdue his gallant Spirit.
His dying words were
“Don’t Give Up The Ship.”

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Captain James Lawrence,
Born July 15th, 1788,
Died Sept. 15th, 1865.

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In memory of
Lieutenant Augustus C. Ludlow
of the United States Navy.
Born in Newburgh 1792, Died in Halifax 1813. Scarcely was he twenty-one years of age, when like the blooming Euryalus he accompanied his beloved commander to battle. Never could it have been more truly said ‘His amor unus pariterque in bella ruebant.’
The favourite of Lawrence and Second in command, he emulated the patriotic valour of his friend on the bloody decks of the Chesapeake and when required, like him, yielded with courageous resignation.

 
Erected 1865.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1813.
 
Location. 40° 42.465′ N, 74° 0.721′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York County. It is in the Financial District. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street, on the right when traveling south on Broadway. Marker is located in the south churchyard of Trinity Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York State Society of the Cincinnati (here, next to this marker); The Honorable John Watts
Left Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
2. Left Side of Monument
(a few steps from this marker); September 17, 1951 (a few steps from this marker); April 20, 1951 (a few steps from this marker); October 8, 1951 (a few steps from this marker); May 24, 1951 (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Church (a few steps from this marker); Philip Hamilton (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
 
Also see . . .  Eulogium on Capt. James Lawrence and Lieut. A. C. Ludlow. by George Read, 1813. (Submitted on November 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Right Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
3. Right Side of Monument
The widow of Captain James Lawrence joined her husband and Lt. Augustus C. Ludlow in 1865.
Lieutenant Augustus C. Ludlow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
4. Lieutenant Augustus C. Ludlow Marker
Ludlow's marker contains quotes from the eulogy delivered at his funeral by Hon. Justice Story of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Monument in Trinity Churchyard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
5. Monument in Trinity Churchyard
This monument marks the burial site of Capt. James Lawrence, his wife and his second-in-command Lt. Augustus C. Ludlow. Lawrence and Ludlow were killed in action during the War of 1812.
Lawrence / Ludlow Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
6. Lawrence / Ludlow Monument
The monument is found in the churchyard on the south side of Trinity Church in Manhattan.
Monument Detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
7. Monument Detail
An image of the frigate Chesapeake, of which Lawrence was the captain, can be seen on the monument's right side.
Monument Detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2009
8. Monument Detail
The emblem of the United States Navy appears on the left side of the monument.
Captain James Lawrence image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Harpers Monthly, January 1862
9. Captain James Lawrence
from "History of the United States Navy" by Benson J. Lossing in Harpers Monthly, January 1862.
Captain James Lawrence marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, November 3, 2018
10. Captain James Lawrence marker
One of a newer series of markers highlighting the cemetery's more prominent occupants.
The <i>Chesapeake</i> and the <i>Shannon</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Harper's Monthly, January 1862
11. The Chesapeake and the Shannon
from Benson J. Lossing "History of the U.S. Navy" Harpers Monthly January 1862.
Lawrence's First Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Harper's Monthly, January 1862
12. Lawrence's First Monument
“In this short but severe action the Chesapeake lost her commander, Lieutenants Ludlow, Ballard, and Broome, sailing-master White, boat­swain Adams, three midshipmen, twenty-seven seamen, and eleven marines killed; and ninety­eight officers and men wounded. The Chesapeake was taken to Halifax, where she was received with the greatest joy. Lawrence had died on the way, and was buried there with all proper honors. His remains were afterward taken to Salem, Massachusetts, and honored with a public funeral. They were finally conveyed to New York and buried in Trinity Church­yard, where a monument to his memory was erected. That decaying, another has been constructed. The victory of the Shannon, after the British navy had suffered so many reverses, was hailed in England with unbounded joy.” – Benson J. Lossing, “History of the United States Navy” in Harper’s Monthly, January 1862.
The Tomb of Captain James Lawrence, U. S. Navy. image. Click for full size.
International Newsreel (via the Internet Archive), November 1922
13. The Tomb of Captain James Lawrence, U. S. Navy.
“Sailors sightseeing in New York City, pause in their round of pleasure to honor a naval hero of 1812. Captain James Lawrence, who when mortally wounded, uttered the immortal words: ‘don't give up the ship.’ Captain Lawrence's tomb is in the graveyard of Trinity Church, intimately associated with many of our historic characters.” – Daughters of the American Revolution,

Photo by International Newsreel in The Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine,, Vol. LVI, No. 1, November 1922.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,505 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   9. submitted on November 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10. submitted on November 4, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   11, 12. submitted on November 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   13. submitted on December 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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