Medal Awarded by Congress in Commemoration of the Capture of La Vengeance by the Constellation
In February 1800 Constellation fought a night encounter with the frigate La Vengeance. Constellation was victorious after a five-hour battle. The medal awarded in commemoration of that battle.
Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 3) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)