November 5, 2011
Several of Arkansas’s seventy-five counties are named in honor of military veterans. One such county is Lawrence County, which was formed in 1815, originally as part of the Missouri Territory. The county was named for War of 1812 naval hero James Lawrence, who, as captain of the ship Chesapeake, was mortally wounded in an 1813 naval engagement with the English ship HMS Shannon. Lawrence is perhaps best remembered for his exclamation, “Don’t give up the ship,” although those may not have been his exact words.