Augustus Ludlow, War of 1812

Ludlow Grave in Trinity Church graveyard on Broadway and Wall Street.

Augustus C. Ludlow (1 January 1792 – 13 June 1813) was an officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. He was born in Newburgh, New York and was appointed midshipman when he was 12. He received a commission to be a lieutenant at age 18.

Ludlow was second in command to Captain James Lawrence on the USS Chesapeake during the ship’s engagement with HMS Shannon on June 1, 1813. It was to Ludlow that Lawrence said “Don’t give up the ship.” Both Ludlow and Lawrence were mortally wounded in that battle, and Ludlow died in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 13, 1813.

Lieutenant Ludlow was buried together with Captain James Lawrence and Lawrence’s widow, in the graveyard of Trinity Church in Manhattan, New York City. Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is named for the Ludlow family. The ship USS Ludlow is named for Augustus as is the city of Port Ludlow in the state of Washington.

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