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Elliott, Jesse Duncan, 1782-1845 Naval officer; born in Maryland, July 14, 1782; entered the United States navy as midshipman in Jesse Duncan Elliott. April, 1804; and rose to master, July 24, Jesse Duncan Elliott. April, 1804; and rose to master, July 24, 1813. He was with Barron in the Tripolitan War, and served on the Lakes with Chauncey and Perry in the War of 1812-15. He captured two British vessels, Detroit and Caledonia, at Fort Erie, for which
in command of the Niagara in Perry's famous combat on Lake Erie, to which the Commodore
The Elliott medal. went from the Lawrence during the action.
He succeeded Perry in command on Lake Erie in October, 1813.
Elliott was with Decatur in the Mediterranean in 1815, and was promoted to captain in March, 1818.
He commanded the West India squadron (1829-32); took charge of the navy-yard at C d in 1844 he was appointed to the command of the navy-yard at Philadelphia.
For the part which Elliott took in the battle of Lake Erie Congress awarded him the thanks of the nation and a gold medal.
Erie, Fort, A small and weak fortification erected on a plain 12 or 15 feet above the waters of Lake Erie, at its foot. In the summer of 1812, Black Rock, 2 miles below Buffalo, was selected as a place for a dock-yard for fitting out naval vessels for Lake Erie. Lieut. Jesse D. Elliott, then only twenty-seven years of age. while on duty there, was informed of the arrival at Fort Erie, opposite, of two vessels from Detroit, both well manned and well armed and laden with valuable cargoes of peltry. They were the Caledonia, a vessel belonging to the Northwestern Fur Company, and the John Adams, taken at the surrender of Hull, with the name changed to Detroit. They arrived on the morning of Oct. 8 (1812), and Elliott at once conceived a plan for their capture. Timely aid offered. The same day a detachment of unarmed seamen arrived from New York. Elliott turned to the military for assistance. Lieutenant-Colonel Scott was then at Black Rock, and entered warmly into Elliott's pla