Stephen Decatur: A Life Most Bold and Daring
"This book fully examines Decatur's career, chronicling his rapid rise in the navy, including his role in the Barbary Wars and his command of the frigate United States during the War of 1812, when he captured the British frigate Macedonian off the Azores. It discusses his loss of the frigate President to a British squadron in 1815 and recounts the cruise that many call Decatur's greatest triumph when, with a nine-ship squadron, he sailed to the Mediterranean to punish Algiers for its actions against American merchant shipping and secured peace with Algiers while keeping other Barbary states quiescent." "In describing the heights and depths of Decatur's life, Tucker also examines the hero's longstanding feud with James Barron, the navy captain who fatally shot Decatur during an 1820 duel over the consequences of the Chesapeake-Leopard affair."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Tripolitan War
Decatur and the Philadelphia
End of the War with Tripoli
The ChesapeakeLeopard Affair
Capture of the Macedonian
Loss of the President
War with Algiers
Too Fine a Sense of Honor
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