William Sitgreaves Cox


NationalityAmerican 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service16.1.1779CSORN
Last Known Service16.1.1879CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
16.1.1809 MidshipmanOUSNMC
1.6.1813 During the battle with HMS Shannon, Cox served below decks in charge of a gun crew. When his crew abandoned their post, Cox went to the deck to continue fighting. Captain James Lawrence was wounded, and Lt. Cox took him below deck. However, all other officers had been seriously wounded or killed, so Lawrence's incapacitation left Cox, the senior non-wounded officer, the ship's commanding officerE-WIKI
1.6.1813 Chesapeake (36), Acting LieutenantDANFS
1.6.1813 Chesapeake vs Shannon 
24.7.1813 LieutenantUSNR-1814
26.4.1814 He was convicted by court-martial of dereliction of duty, for abandoning his watch station while under fire. He was discharged from the United States Navy in disgraceE-WIKI


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