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Stephen Decatur

 
 
Stephen Decatur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 12, 2007
1. Stephen Decatur Marker
Inscription. Famed U.S. Navy officer. Born 1779 in Maryland, he grew up in a house on this site. Celebrated for his role in the Tripolitan War, 1804; capture of H.M.S. Macedonian, 1812; and the subduing of the Barbary powers, 1815. Killed in a duel in 1820. Buried, St. Peter's Church.
 
Erected 1987 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.449′ N, 75° 8.634′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and South Street when traveling south on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Block of Front Street, Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mason-Dixon Survey (a few steps from this marker); Robert Smith (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Queen Village / The New Market and Head House (about 700 feet away); U.S.S. United States (approx. 0.2 miles away); Society Hill / The New Market and Head House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capt. Charles Massey House (approx. 0.2 miles
Stephen Decatur Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2011
2. Stephen Decatur Grave Marker
He is buried in St Peter's Cemetery, Philadelphia PA. The inscription on the marker is: Stephen Decatur-Born January 5th 1779. Entered the Navy of the United States as midshipman, April 30th 1798. Became Lieutenant June 3rd 1799. Made Captain for distinguished merit. Passing over the rank of Commander February 16th 1804. Died March 22nd 1828.
away); Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Stephen Decatur. Wikipedia (Submitted on March 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Tripolitan War
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Stephen Decatur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 12, 2007
3. Stephen Decatur Marker
Stephen Decatur, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Stephen Decatur, Jr.
Charles Bird King's 1820 copy of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of Decatur hangs in the National Portrait Gallery:

“Stephen Decatur first rose to fame in 1804 during the war with the Barbary pirates, when he commanded the daring party that boarded and burned the captured frigate Philadelphia while it lay anchored under the citadel at Tripoli in North Africa. During the War of 1812, he was awarded a congressional gold medal for ‘gallantry, good conduct, and service.’ Sent back to the Mediterranean in 1815, Decatur intimidated the Dey of Algeria into signing a treaty that ended demands for tribute and brought the Barbary Wars to a final close. Feted upon his return, Decatur offered the toast: ‘Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.’ Mortally wounded in a duel, Decatur died with a sigh ’that it was not in his country's cause.’” — National Portrait Gallery, NPG.87.26
Capture of the H.B.M. Frigate Macedonian<br> by the U.S. Frigate United States, October 25, 1812 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. Capture of the H.B.M. Frigate Macedonian
by the U.S. Frigate United States, October 25, 1812
This 1852 painting by Thomas Chambers hangs in the National American Art Museum.
Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat
Painting by Dennis Malone Carter. “Oil painting of Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat during the bombardment of Tripoli, 3 August 1804. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur (lower right center) in mortal combat with the Tripolitan Captain.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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