American Naval Battles: Being a Complete History of the Battles Fought by the Navy of the United States from Its Establishment in 1794 to the Present Time, Including the Wars with France, and with Tripoli, the Late War with Great Britain and with Algiers, with an Account of the Attack on Baltimore, and of the Battle of New Orleans
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Página 149 - In this situation, she sustained the action upwards of two hours, within canister distance, until every gun was rendered useless, and the greater part of her crew either killed or wounded.
Página 35 - I feel it my duty to state that the conduct of Captain Hull and his officers to our men has been that of a brave enemy, the greatest care being taken to prevent our men losing the smallest trifle, and the greatest attention being paid to the wounded, who, through the attention and skill of Mr.
Página 178 - I have the honour to be, with great respect, sir, your most obedient servant, T.
Página 126 - The fore-mait received a 24 pound shot, which passed through its centre, and our rigging and sails were a good deal injured. The Reindeer was literally cut to pieces in a line with her ports ,; her upper works, boats and spare spars, were one complete wreck.
Página 70 - I depend only upon your personal ambition for your acceding to this invitation: we both have nobler motives. You will feel it as a compliment if I say, that the result of our meeting may be the most grateful service I can render to my country; and I doubt not that you, equally confident of success, will feel convinced...
Página 21 - I beg to repeat my congratulations on the services you have rendered your country, and the hair-breadth escapes you have had in setting a distinguished example. Their bravery and enterprise are worthy a great and rising nation. If I were to offer my opinion, it would be that you have done well not to purchase a peace with the enemy. A few brave men have, indeed, been sacrificed, but they could not have fallen in a better cause, and I even conceive it advisable to risk more lives rather than submit...
Página 103 - And the officers and crew generally, I am happy to add, their cool and determined conduct have my warmest approbation and applause. As no muster roll...
Página 117 - Porter turned his attention to rescuing as many of his brave companions as possible. Finding his distance from the shore did not exceed three quarters of a mile, he hoped many would be able to save themselves should the ship blow up. His boats had been cut to pieces by the enemies' shot, but he advised such as could swim to jump overboard and make for shore.
Página 146 - I understood another armed vessel lay at anchor, and I was obliged to run down the river by the forts under a heavy fire of round, grape, and canister from a number of pieces of heavy ordnance, and several pieces of flying artillery, and was compelled to anchor at a distance of about four hundred yards from two of their batteries.