Another of the naval heroes of Virginia was Commodore Lewis Warrington, who was the grandson of Rev. Thomas Warrington, minister of Hampton Church in 1770. He entered the United States navy in 1800 and served with great distinction. His most brilliant performance occurred
during the war of 1812, when commanding the Peacock, he engaged the British sloop of war Epervier, convoying a fleet of merchantmen. In the battle which ensued the Epervier was badly injured and her crew surrendered. On board of her there was found the sum of 118,000 pounds in specie. The Epervier was sent into Savannah under command of J. B. Nicholson and the Peacock continued on her voyage until the end of October, when she arrived at New York, having captured, principally in the Bay of Biscay, 14 British merchantmen.