Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Tripoli Monument
On “the shores of Tripoli,” young Americans took brave actions against the pirates, including torching their own grounded vessel, the USS Philadelphia, to prevent its use by the pirates. Six men were killed before Tripoli's ‘pasha’ relented. Congress cited them for their gallantry, and Captain David Porter, one of the pirates captives, instituted a campaign for a monument to honor his former shipmates, now heroes.
The monument was carved in 1806 in Italy, of Carrera marble, and brought to the United States as ballast on board the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). From the Washington Navy Yard it moved to the west terrace of the national Capitol. It has stood at the Naval Academy since 1860.
Location. 38° 58.986′ N, 76° 29.254′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Decatur Road. Touch for map. On the Campus of the US Naval Academy Annapolis Maryland. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Tripoli Monument (here, next to this marker); The English Frigate “Augusta” (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Naval Academy Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Albert Abraham Michelson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mahan Hall (about 400 feet away); Naval School (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Mahan Hall (about 400 feet away); San Cayetano (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Additional keywords. First Barbary War
Categories. • Heroes • Landmarks •
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