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Elie A. F. La Vallette

Born: May 3, 1790

Death: Nov 18, 1862

Birthplace: Alexandria

Nationality: United States

Elie A. F. La Vallette

Date of Birth : May 3, 1790
Date of Death : Nov 18, 1862
Birth Place : Alexandria

Elie Augustus Frederick La Vallette was one of the first rear admirals appointed in the United States Navy when Congress created the rank in July 1862. La Vallette was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to a distinguished family of French origin, and at the age of 10 accompanied his father, a chaplain, on a cruise in the frigate Philadelphia, commanded by Stephen Decatur, Sr. After serving the merchant marine, La Vallette entered the Navy on June 25, 1812, as sailing master. On September 11, 1814, he was an acting lieutenant aboard the corvette Saratoga, the flagship of Commodore Thomas Macdonough at the Battle of Lake Champlain, where the British were defeated in a decisive engagement of the War of 1812. La Vallette distinguished himself during the battle, winning promotion and a medal. He received his commission as lieutenant on December 9, 1814. La Vallette's first command came in June 1817, taking the schooner Despatch on a survey of Virginia's coast and harbors. He then served on a number of larger ships, and in 1824 was assigned to Constitution. While on duty in the Mediterranean, he was acting captain for several months, and served on the ship until 1828.

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