Lewis Warrington was the illegitimate son of Rachel Warrington and Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de Rochambeau, who was stationed in Williamsburg during the winter of 1781–1782, following the Battle of Yorktown. Rochambeau did not acknowledge he was the father, but there are indications he offered to legitimize his son once Warrington had achieved success and notoriety. Lewis Warrington was an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. He temporarily served as the Secretary of the Navy. In 1802, Warrington, who was a midshipman at the time, served on the frigate President in the Mediterranean against the Barbary pirates. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1807 and Master Commandant in 1813 when he took command of the Peacock.
The Peacock was built in 1813 and served as a U.S. Navy sloop-of-war during the War of 1812 – 1815. Under the command of Lewis Warrington, she captured twenty ships. Warrington was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his actions relative to the victory of the Peacock over the HMS Epervier.
This Lewis Warrington history mug is part of our War of 1812 series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
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