Joshua Barney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, 6 July 1759. He served with distinction on the Hornet and the Wasp during the American Revolutionary War. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, he reentered the Navy, and at the Battle of Bladensburg, he and his men made a heroic defense of the capital city, Washington. Barney was severely wounded during that battle, and never completely recovered from his injury. He died whilst on his way to Kentucky from a fever related to that wound, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 1, 1818.
Three American Naval ships have been named “USS Barney” in his honor, as well as a fourth vessel named the Commodore Barney.
He is best known for his “Barney’s Barges.”
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