Charles Morris, an American naval officer, born in Connecticut in 1784, died in Washington, D. C, Jan. 27, 1856. He entered the navy in July, 1799, and served in the war with Tripoli, 1801-5. In January, 1807, he was promoted to a lieutenancy, and in the war of 1812 served as first lieutenant of the frigate Constitution, distinguishing himself during the chase of that ship for three days and nights by a British squadron in July, 1812, and by his gallantry in the action between the Constitution and Guerriere on Aug. 19, in which he received a severe wound. He was made captain, and in 1814 appointed to the command of the Adams of 28 guns, in which he made an important cruise upon the coasts of the United States and Ireland, harassing British commerce. In August, 1814, Capt. Morris entered the Penobscot river, and running up to Hampden made preparations to heave out for repairs. While he was engaged in this, a strong British expedition entered the river to capture the ship. A militia force assembled for her protection gave way, and Capt. Morris destroyed her, directing his crew to break up into small parties and make their way for 200 m. across the thinly inhabited country to Portland. After the peace with England he continued in active employment, being off duty but about 2 1/2 years in a professional career of 56. At the time of his death he was chief of the bureau of ordnance and hydrography.