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 Levi Twiggs

Levi Twiggs

Birth
Richmond County, Georgia, USA
Death 13 Sep 1847 (aged 54)
Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 20
Memorial ID 23314 · View Source
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United States Marine Corps Officer. He entered the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant on November 10, 1813, and served on board the "USS President" during the War of 1812. He was captured along with his ship in an action that saw the "President" battle 4 other British Vessels. Imprisoned until the end of the war, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on June 18, 1814. His subsequent service included commanding the United States Marine Barracks in Washington, DC on three separate occasions and fighting in the 1836 and 1837 Seminole Wars. Promoted to Major by the time the Mexican War started, he was detailed to lead the Marine detachment in the conflict. He was killed in action while leading his unit during its September 13, 1847 charge on the defenses at Chapultepec in Mexico City. A decorated World War II destroyer, the USS Twiggs (DD-591) was named in his honor.

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Added: 25 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23314
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Levi Twiggs (21 May 1793–13 Sep 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23314, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .