John Hardy on War of 1812 naval battles, Sandy Hook, New York, 1813

Contributed by Old Canada Road Historical Society


John Hardy wrote this letter on May 15, 1813, aboard the U.S. frigate "United States," to his wife, Mary Parsons Hardy of Kittery Point.

John Hardy was born in Skipsea, England in 1779, and died of yellow fever while on a merchant voyage to the West Indies in 1816. He served as Quartermaster on the frigate "United States" during the War of 1812, under Commodore Stephen Decatur. He took part in a battle with the British frigate "Macedonian" on October 25, 1812, when twelve of his shipmates were killed or wounded. Hardy was transferred and served to the end of the war on the frigate "President."

Mary Parsons Hardy (1787-1874) was a daughter of Richard and Dorothy (Lamphor) Parsons of Kittery Point.

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  • Title: John Hardy on War of 1812 naval battles, Sandy Hook, New York, 1813
  • Creator: John Hardy
  • Creation Date: 1813-05-15
  • Subject Date: 1813-05-15
  • Locations:
    • Sandy Hook, NY
    • Kittery Point, York County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25.4 cm x 19.7 cm
  • Local Code: 2010.5.1
  • Collection: Old Canada Road General Collections
  • Object Type: Text

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