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McCALL, Edward R., naval officer, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 5 August, 1790; died in Bordentown, New Jersey. 31 July, 1853. He entered the navy as midshipman, 1 January, 1808, and was promoted to a lieutenancy, 11 March, 1813, at which time he was on duty on board the brig "Enterprise," fourteen guns, then under the command of Lieutenant Johnston Blakeley, who was shortly afterward succeeded by Lieutenant William Burrows (q. v.). The "Enterprise" left Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a cruise, 1 September, 1813, and on the 4th, at 20 minutes past 3 P. M., she brought to action the British brig" Boxer," fourteen guns. Lieutenant Burrows being mortally wounded early in the engagement, though he refused to leave his post, the command devolved on Lieutenant McCall, who carried the ship gallantly through the action, the enemy surrendering at 4 P.M. By resolution, approved 6 January, 1814, congress caused to be presented to the nearest male relative of Lieutenant Burrows, and to Lieutenant McCall, gold medals "in testimony of the high sense entertained of their gallantry and good conduct in the conflict with the British sloop 'Boxer.'" Lieutenant McCall was promoted to the rank of master-commandant, 3 March, 1825, and to that of captain, 3 March, 1835.
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