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Death of Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale -- St. George BM
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N 32° 22.872 W 064° 40.614
20S E 342256 N 3583926
Quick Description: the death of U.S. Navy Midshipman Richard S Dale, a casualty of the War of 1812.
Location: Bermuda
Date Posted: 3/2/2015 10:30:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMNEWM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69
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Long Description:
A historic plaque on the side of a renovated building in King's Square in the town of St. George Bermuda details the death of U.S. Navy Midshipman Richard S Dale, a casualty of a War of 1812 naval conflict between the US Frigate President and the HMS Endymion.

The plaque reads as follows:


Then known as Stennett’s Hotel, died on February 22, 1815 in his twenty-first year. Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale, of the American frigate “President”, severely wounded when that vessel, commanded by Commodore S. Decatur, after a 15 hour engagement was captured by HMS Endymion, commanded by Capt. Henry hope and brought into St. Georges Harbour. Mid. Dale is buried in St. Peter's churchyard.

This building was restored in 1956.
Onions and Bouchard architects"

From Bermuda online: (visit link)

St. Peter's Church, Their Majesties Chappell

. . .

The surrounding historic graveyard is the last resting place for many generations of gentry and commoners, governors and slaves, privateers and statesmen of Bermudian, British and American birth. Inside the Church the walls are covered with memorials to many men and women significant in the history of Bermuda and Western Atlantic settlement. Slaves and former slaves were freed when the British declared slavery illegal in the early 1800s. Those reposing in their eternal rest in the graveyard to the right of the church include American midshipman, Richard Dale, mortally wounded in the 1812-14 War. In gratitude, his parents inscribed the headstone. Dale died when, in 1815, on January 15. "HMS Endymion" (Capt. Hope), the "Pomona", and the "Tenedos" both at sea off the city of New York engaged the US Navy warship USS "President" - one of the US Navy's six great frigates - forcing the latter's surrender. The "President", Capt Stephen Decatur, was brought to Murray's Anchorage, Bermuda. For a fuller account of the action see (visit link) During the action, Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale, Jr, of the President, oldest son of Commodore Richard Dale (1756-1826) from Philadelphia, was shot by a British marksman and had to have his leg amputated. As a severely wounded prisoner-of-war he was brought by litter with his colleagues to St. George's but five weeks later he died on February 15 from his wounds and was buried here at St. Peter's Church. He was 20 years old when he lost his leg after his ship President engaged the British warships above in the 1815 war between Britain and the US. He was brought to St. George's for treatment and cared for in Stennet's Hotel where the Bank of Butterfield now sits in the Town Square. But he was never forgotten. After the conflict ended, his father, Commodore Richard Dale, who had once served as First Lieutenant to John Paul Jones, came in thanks rather than revenge, to show his gratitude to the people of St Georges, for the respect shown his son in life and in death. Commodore Dale arranged for a horizontal tombstone, which reads: To Commemorate the Gallant Deeds of the People of St Georges whose Generosity and tender sympathy prompted the kindest attention to him while living and honoured him when dead." From 1932, Bermuda-born Captain Scarritt Adams, US Navy, initially funded an almost yearly remembrance service involving relatives of Midshipman Dale."
Date Erected/Dedicated: 1956

Who put it there? Private/Government?: Bank of Butterfield

King square
St. George, Bermuda

County/Province: Town of St. George

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