A Biographical Memoir of the Late Commodore Joshua Barney: From Autographical Notes and Journals in Possession of His Family, and Other Authentic Sources
Gray and Bowen, 1832 - Sailors - 328 pages
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Page 122 - Covered o'er his decks with dead. When from their tops their dead men tumbled, And the streams of blood did flow, Then their proudest hopes were humbled By their brave inferior foe. All aghast, and all confounded, They beheld their champions fall, And their captain, sorely wounded, Bade them quick for quarters call. Then the MONK'S proud flag descended, And her cannon ceased to roar; By her crew no more defended, She confessed the contest o'er.
Page 121 - Though she shows most formidable With her eighteen pointed nines, And her quarters clad in sable, Let us balk her proud designs. "With four nine-pounders, and twelve sixes We will face that daring band; Let no dangers damp your courage. Nothing can the brave withstand. Fighting for your country's honor, Now to gallant deeds aspire; Helmsman, bear us down upon her, Gunner, give the word to fire!
Page 157 - ... of making and taking in sail, to the great delight of the crowded windows, doors, and balconies, by which they passed. The ship was immediately followed by all the captains, mates, and seamen at that time in the port of Baltimore. It was paraded through all the principal streets of Fell's Point and...
Page 120 - Now we soon" (said Captain Rogers) "Shall their men of commerce meet ; In our hold we'll have them lodgers, We shall capture half their fleet. "Lo! I see their van appearing — Back our topsails to the mast...
Page 328 - CITIZEN PRESIDENT: Having been directed by the minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America to present the National Convention the flag asked of him, — the flag under the auspices of which I have had the honor to fight against our common enemy during the war which has assured liberty and independence. — I discharge the duty with the most lively satisfaction, and deliver it to you. Henceforth, suspended on the side of that of the French Republic, it will become the symbol of the union...
Page 120 - I know your hearts are firm and stout; American blood will never give out, And often we have proved it. Though stormy oceans round us roll, We'll keep a firm undaunted soul, Befriended by the cheering bowl, Sworn foes to melancholy: While timorous landsmen lurk on shore, Tis ours to go where cannons roar — On a coasting cruise we'll go once more, Despisers of all danger; And Fortune still...
Page 121 - Soon shall terrify this foe ; We shall maul her, we shall wound her, Bringing rebel colours low." While he thus anticipated Conquests that he could not gain, He in the Cape May channel waited For the ship that caused his pain.
Page 308 - Yes, sir. he replied, I do consider myself fortunate — when we were about to engage, it was the opinion of myself, as well as my crew, that she would have blown us to atoms ; but we were determined she should gain her victory dearly. One of the wounded British sailors observed — "Yes, sir, captain Rodgers observed to our crew, a little before the action commenced, 'Now, my boys, we shall have the Yankee ship in five minutes ;' and so we all thought, but here we are.
Page 316 - This battle, by which the fate of the American capital was decided, began about one o'clock in the afternoon, and lasted till four. The loss on the part of the English was severe, since, out of two-thirds of the army, which were engaged, upwards of five hundred men were killed and wounded; and what rendered it doubly severe was, that among these were numbered several officers of rank and distinction. Colonel Thornton who commanded the light brigade...
Page 148 - The Certificates to be taken in payment for the Washington, besides those which have been issued from the different Loan Offices of the United States, must be those of the commissioners for settling the accounts of the several states with the United States, and those appointed to adjust the accounts of the quarter-master's, commissary's clothing, hospital, marine and army departments. The enclosure No.