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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Webster, John Adams 1785-1876 (search)
Webster, John Adams 1785-1876 Naval officer; born in Harford county, Md., Sept. 19, 1785; joined the navy in 1812. When the British began their march towards Washington he was assigned shore duty, and placed in charge of Battery Babcock, at Bladensburg, near Baltimore. During the night of Sept. 13 he detected the enemy endeavoring to land, and, in conjunction with Fort Covington, forced them to withdraw, thus saving Baltimore. He received swords of honor from Baltimore and the State of Maryland; was promoted captain in the revenue marine service in 1819; and commanded a squadron of eight cutters in the Mexican War. He died in Harford county, Md., July 4, 1876. His son, John Adams, naval officer; born in Mount Adams, Md., June 26, 1823; joined the revenue marine service in 1842; promoted captain in 1860; served in the Civil War; commanded the Dobbin at Hampton Roads, and was the only United States officer that saved his vessel from capture by the Confederates. He died in