Tag Archive | United States Navy

The battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise came to represent for those who witnessed it, lived through it, and remembered it something more than a military turning point – it became emblematic of a maritime era that would soon be gone forever.

Knights of the sea : the true story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812  David Hanna  New York : NAL Caliber, c 2012  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. viii, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. […]

We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny.

There is a large omission in this biography which explains a good deal about the left turn that this country took under the abolitionists and their allies. Thoreau, who was properly ignored by his brighter contemporaries but who has since become something of a luminary of the left dismissed American expansion with, “The whole enterprise […]

There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy, But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Ironclad : the epic battle, calamitous loss, and historic recovery of the USS Monitor Camden, Me. : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c 2006  Paul Clancy United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. viii, 266 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-257) and index. Clean, […]

Commerce raiding has always been a recognized and accepted method of sea warfare. It is probable that no individual naval commander nor any single ship in our long history has recorded a more spectacular success in that field than Captain Raphael Semmes of the Confederate Navy and his C. S. S. Alabama… DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY — NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER

Gunsmoke over the Atlantic : first naval actions of the Civil War    New York : Bantam Books, 2002 Jack D. Coombe United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xix, 268 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-257) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

“Damn the torpedoes, I’m going to the head!”

That bit of irreverence  was one of the more popular interpretation of the immortal words of a yankee admiral. According to the book by Admiral Farragut’s son, The Life of David Glasgow Farragut, First Admiral of the United States Navy, (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1879), pages 416-417, Admiral Farragut said “Damn the torpedoes! […]

Bold, daring and self-collected under the most trying circumstances–equal to any emergency–never unbalanced by an unexpected contingency, he possesses those great qualities always found in a successful commander. No man in our navy, at his age, has ever won so brilliant a reputation… J. T. Headley, Cushing’s first biographer

There were, to be sure, brave men on both sides of the conflict and while those defending their homes should always be given the greatest accolades there were those fighting for the north who proved their bravery time and again. Typical in more ways than one was William Barker Cushing. Although dismissed from the Naval […]

Nobody had ever instructed him that a slave-ship, with a procession of expectant sharks in its wake, is a missionary institution, by which closely-packed heathen are brought over to enjoy the light of the Gospel… Harriet Beecher Stowe

Starting as early as 1784 the Barbary pirates’ launched attacks upon American merchant shipping in an attempt to extort ransom for the lives of captured sailors, and ultimately tribute from the United States to avoid further attacks, much like their standard operating procedure with the various European states. Letters and testimonies by captured sailors described […]