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 John Hazelwood

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John Hazelwood

Birth
England
Death 1 Mar 1800 (aged 73–74)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 11841257 View Source
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Revolutionary War Continental Naval Officer. An experienced merchant ship captain, he was commissioned a Commodore in the Pennsylvania State Navy during the Revolutionary War, and was placed in command of the Continental warships responsible for defending Philadelphia and the Delaware River. On October 23, 1777 he directed his defending forces as they drove off foraying British ships, forcing two to be grounded and burned by their crews (and he spurned a entreaty by British commander Admiral Sir Richard Howe to surrender his forces and receive a full pardon from the King). After the war he was given a ceremonial sword as a token of gratitude by the Continental Congress; the sword can be seen today in the collection of the Naval Historical Foundation in Washington, DC. Two United States Navy Destroyers (DD-107 and DD-531) have been named in his honor.

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  • Originally Created by: RPD2
  • Added: 28 Sep 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11841257
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11841257/john-hazelwood : accessed ), memorial page for John Hazelwood (1726–1 Mar 1800), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11841257, citing Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .