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Knights of the Sea : The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War Of 1812,9780451239204

Knights of the Sea : The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War Of 1812

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Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/5/2013
Publisher(s): NAL Trade
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

On a September day in 1813, as citizens watched from the rocky shore of Pemaquid, Maine, two of the last and bravest military sailing commanders engaged in a battle that would change the course of the War of 1812... Samuel Blyth was the youthful commander of His Britannic Majesty's brig Boxer, and William Burrows, younger still, commanded the USS Enterprise. Both men valued honor above all, and on this day their commitment would be put to the ultimate test. Though it lasted less than an hour, the battle between the Boxerand the Enterprisewas a brutal contest whose outcome was uncertain. When the cannon smoke cleared, good men had been lost, and the U.S. Navy's role in the war had changed. In Knights of the Sea, David Hanna brings to life a lost era, paying tribute to the young commanders who considered it the highest honor to harness the wind to meet their foes, and would be immortalized by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The only major naval battle of the War of 1812, the battle between the Boxerand the E nterprisecame to represent not only a military turning point, but a maritime era that would soon be gone forever. INCLUDES PHOTOS AND MAPS

Author Biography

David Hanna teaches History at University Neighborhood High School in New York.

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