USS ‘Constellation’ vs. ‘l’Insurgente’
Print of oil painting by John W. Schmidt depicting the USS "Constellation" and the "l'Insurgente." Text immediately below the image reads "Good discipline is considered by all who know anything of service as the vital part of a ship at war. USS Constellation vs. l'Insurgente -- 9 February 1799. The capture of the French frigate l'INSURGENTE by Captain Thomas Truxtun was the most notable event of the Quasi War with France. His well-disciplined and well-trained crew gained a masterful victory in this first battle test of the new frigates of our Navy. CONSTELLATION, our oldest warship afloat, can be visited in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was launched, 7 September 1797."