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June 10 — Captain James Lawrence And the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

PERTH AMBOY – The Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance is pleased to announce its Spring Sunday Luncheon & Lecture Program on June 10 at The Armory restaurant, foot of Gordon and Front Streets, Perth Amboy, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Re-enactor Jeffrey Macechak, education director for the Burlington County Historical Society, will present the program, “Don’t Give Up the Ship” featuring the first-person character of Captain James Lawrence.

Lawrence, who commanded the ship U.S.S. Chesapeake, is best known for his dying command, “Don’t give up the ship!” Capt. Lawrence and his half sister Elizabeth Lawrence Kearny were both born in Burlington, NJ in the house that later became the residence of the fourth governor of New Jersey, Joseph Bloomfield, who was born in Woodbridge.

Elizabeth married Michael Kearny and lived in Perth Amboy’s Kearny Cottage where she helped raise her younger half brother James. Elizabeth and Michael’s son, Lieutenant Lawrence Kearny, also served in the War of 1812.

To reserve a place, please call Elyce Jennings at 732-463-0767. The cost for a buffet luncheon is $30.


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