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In Philadelphia, War of 1812 hero Charles Stewart does the honors at launch of new Union ironclad

U.S.S. New Ironsides, circa 1864
05/10/1862
On a warm, sunny day in Philadelphia, the New Ironsides was launched at the Kensington Yard just north of the central city with thousands of city residents in attendance.  The 83 year-old Charles Stewart, famous captain of the U.S.S. Constitution, the "Old Ironsides" from the War of 1812, did the honors.  The New Ironsides saw action in South Carolina in 1863 and 1864.  She was destroyed by fire in December 1866.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
William H. Roberts, U.S.S. New Ironsides in the Civil War (Annapolis, MD: Navy Institute Press, 1999), 23.
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 797.

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