Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet
|Midshipman Henry G. Taylor|
|Peale’s portrait |
John Paul Jones
In 1899 American Ambassador to France General Horace Porter began an intensive search through Paris for John Paul Jones grave, finally locating it after nearly six years. President Theodore Roosevelt charged Congress with appropriating the funds needed to exhume the American hero. The arduous task of retrieving the body and the subsequent autopsy validated his identity, made easier because the body had been preserved in brandy.
Annapolis was eventually chosen as John Paul Jones’ final resting place. In 1906 Jones was finally given the military honors he so often sought during his lifetime, first with an elaborate procession through Paris, by train to Cherbourg, then by transatlantic crossing with a fleet of eleven military vessels, and finally with a grand ceremony at Annapolis.
|Painted scene of the Great |
White Fleet from Silk Banner
|John Paul Jones’ Crypt at the|
U.S. Naval Academy
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