Major Levi Twiggs (USMC)

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Levi Twiggs

Birthplace: Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia
Death: Died in Chapultepec, Mexico
Cause of death: killed the the Battle of Chapultepec
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Major General John Twiggs (Colonial Militia) and Ruth Leigh Emanuel
Husband of Priscilla Decatur Twiggs
Brother of SARAH Twiggs; George W. L. Twiggs and Gen. David E. Twiggs, CSA

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About Major Levi Twiggs (USMC)

Levi Twiggs (21 May 1793 - 13 September 1847) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars and the Mexican-American War.


Born in Richmond County, Georgia, Twiggs was commissioned a second lieutenant on 10 November 1813. During the War of 1812, he saw action on board President and was captured when that frigate was taken by a squadron of four British warships. After being imprisoned at Bermuda, he was freed when word of the Treaty of Ghent reached that island. Over two decades later, he took part in the Seminole Wars in Florida and Georgia in 1836 and 1837. When the war with Mexico opened, Major Twiggs requested an active part in the fighting and was attached to the Marine Battalion which left New York in June 1847. He fell to enemy fire as he led a storming party in the assault on Chapultepec before Mexico City on 13 September 1847.


Two ships, USS Twiggs, were named for him.



United States Marine Corps Officer. He entered the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant on November 10, 1813, and served on board the "USS President" during the War of 1812. He was captured along with his ship in an action that saw the "President" battle 4 other British Vessels. Imprisoned until the end of the war, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on June 18, 1814. His subsequent service included commanding the United States Marine Barracks in Washington, DC on three separate occasions and fighting in the 1836 and 1837 Seminole Wars. Promoted to Major by the time the Mexican War started, he was detailed to lead the Marine detachment in the conflict. He was killed in action while leading his unit during its September 13, 1847 charge on the defenses at Chapultepec in Mexico City. A decorated World War II destroyer, the USS Twiggs (DD-591) was named in his honor. (bio by: Russ Dodge)

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Major Levi Twiggs (USMC)'s Timeline

May 21, 1793
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia
September 13, 1847
Age 54
Chapultepec, Mexico
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania