Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Commodore Charles Morris

Housed at the William L. Clements Library are Commodore Morris's papers:

"...papers contain letters and documents relating to the naval career of Commodore Charles Morris, during the War of 1812... ".

"As Isaac Hull's First Lieutenant on the Constitution, it was Morris who recommended warping or kedging to escape the overwhelming British squadron that pursued her. Subsequent to the action with the Guerriere, and in which he was grievously wounded, Morris was promoted to Captain's rank; much to the ire of those his senior on the list waiting for the same honor; bypassing that of Master Commandant."

Charles Morris married Harriet Bowen in February 1815.  He died on January 27, 1856.

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