Naval War College Review


Charles Brodine


Charles Stewart was one of the preemi- nent officers of the early sailing navy. He is best remembered for the brilliant victory he gained over HMS Cyane and Levant as captain of USS Constitution during the War of 1812. Less well known, however, are the significant contribu- tions Stewart made to the sea service over the remainder of his career—a ca- reer that witnessed the birth, growth, and evolution of the Navy during its first six decades of existence. As a cen- tral figure of the formative period in the Navy’s history, Charles Stewart has long merited greater scholarly attention than he has heretofore received.