Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Naval Heroes of the War of 1812
Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
The six streets which cross Dexter Avenue between Court Square and the State Capitol are named for Oliver Hazard Perry, James Lawrence, Thomas Macdonough, Issac Hull, Stephen Decatur and William Bainbridge, all naval officers of the War of 1812. Perry commanded American forces on Lake Erie in the War of 1812. There he won a decisive victory over the British on September 10, 1813, which gave control of the Great Lakes to the United States. Lawrence was captain of the frigate Chesapeake which engaged the British Navy frigate Shannon in a fierce battle on June 1, 1813. Mortally wounded by small arms fire, he ordered "Don't give up the ship!" as he was carried below. Macdonough commanded the American naval forces that defeated the British Navy at the Battle of Lake Champlain in 1814, forcing the British to retreat to Canada, a move which contributed to ending the war.
Hull commanded the American frigate Constitution when she engaged and defeated the British frigate Guerriere and won for the Constitution the name "Old Ironsides" because she came out of the action with so little injury. Decatur commanded the United States when, on October 25,
Erected by the Society of the Cincinnati.
Location. 32° 22.647′ N, 86° 18.285′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and South McDonough Street, on the right when traveling east on Dexter Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred David Gray (within shouting distance of this marker); The Capital City Guards (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The E. L. Posey Parking Lot (about 400 feet away); Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's First Election History of the Alabama State Bar (about 400 feet away); The Dowe Houses (about 500 feet away); Lucien Dunbibben Gardner (about 500 feet away); James Edwin Livingston (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Regarding Naval Heroes of the War of 1812. The spelling of Thomas Macdonough on the marker is correct. The street name has been changed to the more 'familiar' spelling of McDonough.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the War of 1812. Article mentions all six Naval heroes listed on this marker. (Submitted on November 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Military • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.