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Author Name:    CLARK, William Bell

Title:   George Washington's Navy, Being an Account of His Excellency's Fleet in NewEngland Waters. in dustjacket

Publisher:    Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1993, 

Seller ID:   103681

CLARK, William Bell. George Washington's Navy, Being an Account of His Excellency's Fleet in New England Waters. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, (1960). First Edition. Pp (4),v-xi,(1),1-275,(1) + portrait frontispiece + one leaf of plates. Map, illustrations in text. 8vo, blue cloth,gilt lettering to spine. "No phase of early American history has been more maltreated than the period during which Washington's active little navy fl ourished in New England waters. Biographers and historians have missed entirely,many of the events which augmented the success, or, at times, the ill-success, of his Excellency's naval effort. Here, at last, is the true story—historically correct but as exciting as a fanciful sea yarn - of what the the great Commander-in-Chief accomplished on the high seas during the earlyyears of the American Revolution. The American squadron, never numbering m ore than six miniature war vessels, was established in the fall of 1775 to harass the supply lines of the British in Boston. Despite many adversities,the little fleet accomplished a large part of its mission and proudly brou ght in fifty-five enemy vessels containing everything from turnips to gunpowder. Appreciating the importance of confronting the British by sea as wellas by land, Washington clung to the control of his naval force for months after the scene of the military campaign had changed to New York. When he was forced to give it up, it continued to function despite the dishonest administration of avaricious Continental agents. The wrangles between these agents overprizes and prize money involved Washington even during the trying period when the Howes were driving the Continental Army from Long Island toWhite Plains. Of these quarrels nothing has been told until now. Such omis sions as this, along with inaccuracies and false traditions, have plagued historians' accounts of the navy from the very beginning. Washington's navy preceded the creation of the Continental navy by more than a month, and might well be considered the tiny spark which ignited the ultimate flame of American sea power. Mr. Clark's action-filled story traces the history of this aggressive little navy from its inception to its final expedition. Early American historians and enthusiasts, and everyone who enjoys a thrilling sea tale, will be interested in this book." (from the dj). Contents : Prelude1775. 1. The Inglorious Career of the Hannah. 2. His Excellency Expands Hi s Naval Program. 3. Four Schooners Sail from Beverly. 4. Operations In and Out of Plymouth. 5. The Fantastic Cruise of Broughton and Selman. 6. ManleyTakes the Nancy. 7. Washington's Hopes Are Realized. 8. Broughton and Selm an Humiliated. 9. Coit's Exploits and Martindale's Capture. 10. Manley's Fame Grows and Shuldham Succeeds Graves. Interlude 1776. 11. His Excellency Appoints a Commodore. 12. Opening Naval Operations of the New Year. 13. Libels, Bills and Bombardments. 14. Manley's Squadron Cruises and Boston is Evacuated. 15. Washington Exercises Remote Control and Manley Resigns. 16. TheValor and Death of James Mugford. 17. The Taking of the Scotch Transports. 18. Washington Demands Arms and Receives Excuses. 19. The Cruising Area Br oadened and the Warren Taken. 20. His Excellency Relinquishes His Navy. Interlude 1777. 21. Prize Sale Troubles and Loss of the Lynch. 22. Washington Defends Lieutenant Colonel Campbell. 23. Belated Belated Settlements and John Skimmer's Cruises. 24. Final Settlements. Postlude 1812. Appendices : A.MANLY A Favorite New Song In the American Fleet; B. Prizes Taken by Vessel s of Washington's Navy. Very good in very good lightly worn dustjacket. 80.00


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