Silas Duncan

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Silas Duncan
Born 1788
Rockaway Township, New Jersey
Died 1834
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1809-1834
Rank Commander
Commands held USS Lexington

War of 1812

Falklands Expedition

Silas M. Duncan (1788 – 14 September 1834) was an officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812.

Born in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, Duncan was appointed midshipman 15 November 1809. While third lieutenant of Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he was sent in a gig to order the gunboats to retire. He succeeded in delivering the orders despite concentrated enemy fire which severely wounded him and caused the loss of his right arm. For his gallant conduct he was thanked by Congress.[1] From 1818 to 1824 Commander Duncan saw active service on board Independence, Hornet, Guerriere, Cyane, and Ferret.

On February 3, 1831, He married Martha Dandridge Aylett, granddaughter of American patriot Patrick Henry, third youngest of six daughters from among the 13 children of Philip Aylett, of King William County, VA.

In late 1831, he commanded Lexington on an expedition to the Falkland Islands following the capture of American fishing vessels. He took several prisoners, who were later released to the government of Argentina.

He died in 1834 at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Three ships have been named USS Duncan for him.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.