Stephen Decatur: A Life Most Bold and Daring

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Naval Institute Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 245 pages
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"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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Contents

Early Life
11
The Tripolitan War
27
Decatur and the Philadelphia
39
End of the War with Tripoli
57
The ChesapeakeLeopard Affair
82
Capture of the Macedonian
106
Loss of the President
137
War with Algiers
153
Too Fine a Sense of Honor
169
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Spencer Tucker held the John Biggs Chair in Military History at Virginia Military Institute for six years until his retirement in July 2003. Prior to that he taught for thirty years at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he was chair of the History Department for five years.

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