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James Barron

  • Birth 15 Sep 1768 Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
  • Death 21 Aug 1851 Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 12850

United States Naval Officer. He performed well in the United States-France Quasi War and the Barbary War, and commanded the "USS Chesapeake" when it was overtaken by the "HMS Leopold" on June 27, 1807. The British demanded that Commodore Barron hand over four alleged British Navy deserters, and after first refusing, Commodore Barron capitulated to the British. He was subsequently court-martialed for his quick surrender, and was suspended from the Navy for five years. Upon his return to the service in 1812, he was blocked from advancement and sea duty. He blamed Commodore Stephen Decatur for his frustration, and eventually killed him in a duel in 1820. Commodore Decatur was a genuine War of 1812 Naval hero, and his death ensured James Barron a negative place in United States history.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 10 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12850
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Barron (15 Sep 1768–21 Aug 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12850, citing Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .