1812 The Navy's War

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ISBN-13: 9780465085996
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Description: When war broke out between Britain and the United States in 1812, America’s prospects looked dismal. British naval aggression made it clear that the ocean would be the war’s primary battlefield—but America’s navy, only twenty ships strong, faced a  More...

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List price: $29.99
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

When war broke out between Britain and the United States in 1812, America’s prospects looked dismal. British naval aggression made it clear that the ocean would be the war’s primary battlefield—but America’s navy, only twenty ships strong, faced a practiced British fleet of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews managed to turn the tide of the war, besting the haughty skippers of the mighty Royal Navy and cementing America’s newly won independence. In 1812: The Navy’s War, award-winning naval historian George C. Daughan draws on a wealth of archival research to tell the amazing story of this tiny, battletested team of Americans and their improbable yet pivotal victories. Daughan thrillingly details the pitched naval battles that shaped the war, and shows how these clashes proved the navy’s vital role in preserving the nation’s interests and independence. A stunning contribution to military and national history, 1812: The Navy’s War is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America’s future.

Maps
Introduction
Road to War
Free Trade and Sailors' Rights
Jefferson's Embargo and the Slide Toward War
Madison's Strategy
The United States Declares War
Blue-Water Victories
The Constitution and the Guerriere
Ripe Apples and Bitter Fruit: The Canadian Invasion
Canadian Disasters Accumulate
More Blue-Water Victories
The Constitution and the Java
A Sea Change
Napoleon and Alexander
The Canadian Invasion Resumes
The Chesapeake and the Shannon
Raids in Chesapeake Bay
Oliver Hazard Perry
Attack on Montreal
The War at Sea in 1813
The Allies and Napoleon
British and American War Plans
The British Blockade
The Essex
Burning Washington
The War at Sea Continues in 1814
Negotiations Begin at Ghent
Baltimore
Plattsburgh
A Peace Treaty
The Hartford Convention
New Orleans
An Amazing Change
A New Era
From Temporary Armistice to Lasting Peace: The Importance of the War
Acknowledgments
Notes
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index

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