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Collection Reference Number GLC04750
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title War of 1812 lacquer snuffbox showing victory of United States over Macedonia
Date ca. 1812
Document Type Object
Content Description Cylindrical, varnished snuff box from the War of 1812. Lid commemorates the 25 October 1812 capture of the British ship Macedonia by the USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur. Bottom depicts the bald eagle seal of the United States surrounded by patriotic sentiments such as "United We Stand. Divided We Fall." Probably made after December 1812, when knowledge of the fight became better known (per Henry Adams, Administration of James Monroe). Image on lid is damaged at center.
Subjects Tobacco and Smoking  War of 1812  Military History  Navy  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  American Symbols and Seals  Patriotism  
People Decatur, Stephen (1752-1808)  
Theme War of 1812; Foreign Affairs; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859