Philadelphia: J. Harding, 1838. Softcover. 8vo. iv. 50pp. Decoratively illustrated original wrappers. Biography of renowned Navy officer Charles Stewart (1778-1869, see below). Serious age wear to wrappers, with spine and most of spine edge of front wrapper missing, creasing, minor tears and staining. Owners' writing to title page, not affecting text. Minor pencil marks at margins, sporadic foxing. Otherwise clean. In English. Wrappers in poor, inside in very good condition. g. Item #19497
On Charles Stewart (Source: Public Domain):
Charles Stewart (28 July 1778 - 6 November 1869) was an officer in the United States Navy. Born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stewart went to sea at the age of thirteen as a cabin boy and rose through the grades to become master of a merchantman. He grew up with Captain Stephen Decatur and Richard Rush. During the Quasi-War with France, Stewart was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Navy on 9 March 1798 and joined the frigate United States for a cruise in the West Indies. He took command of the schooner Experiment on 16 July 1800 and soon captured two armed French vessels and freed several captured American ships. After brief command of Chesapeake in 1801 and service in Constellation in 1802, Stewart sailed to the Mediterranean in command of the brig Syren. There, he participated in the destruction of Philadelphia after her capture by Tripoli, helped to maintain the blockade of Tripoli, and distinguished himself in assaults on the enemy in August and September 1804. After the First Barbary War, he participated in a show of force at Tunis and returned home as captain in 1806. On the outbreak of the War of 1812, Stewart commanded, successively, Argus, Hornet, and Constellation.
Since Constellation was closely blockaded in Norfolk by the British, he took command of Constitution at Boston in 1813. He made two brilliant cruises in her between 1813 and 1815. The frigate captured HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on 20 February 1815.
Stewart's later service included command of the American Mediterranean squadron from 1816 to 1820 and of one in the Pacific from 1820 to 1824. He served as a Naval Commissioner from 1830 to 1832 and commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1838 to 1841, in 1846, and again from 1854 to 1861. By a bill passed on 2 March 1859, Congress made Stewart “senior flag officer,” an office created for him in recognition of his distinguished and meritorious service. He became rear admiral on the retired list on 16 July 1862, and he died at Bordentown, New Jersey, New Jersey, on 6 November 1869.
Several nephews served in the Navy, including Commodore Charles Stewart McCauley.
His grandson, Charles Stewart Parnell, was a prominent Irish political leader who fought for Irish home rule until his untimely death in 1891.