History of the Navy of the United States of America: One Volume Edition

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"Cooper first published his history in multiple volumes in 1838, but later pared it down to this one-volume version. Tales of buccaneers, colonial sea fights, the American Revolution, the Quasi-War with France, and the War of 1812 are all vividly recounted, and the original engravings have been retained to enhance the presentation of this new edition. No mere literary curiosity, the work deserves the attention of serious students of the period, both for its factual exposition and for the perspective Cooper brings to occurrences chronologically
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"Cooper first published his history in multiple volumes in 1838, but later pared it down to this one-volume version. Tales of buccaneers, colonial sea fights, the American Revolution, the Quasi-War with France, and the War of 1812 are all vividly recounted, and the original engravings have been retained to enhance the presentation of this new edition. No mere literary curiosity, the work deserves the attention of serious students of the period, both for its factual exposition and for the perspective Cooper brings to occurrences chronologically close to him. Like many historians, his interpretation of the facts was not accepted by all, and in his preface Cooper comments about attempts made to injure the book and his credibility. A classic in the finest sense of the word, this book has been a cornerstone in the ever-building corpus of American naval history."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557502315
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Classics of Naval Literature Series
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper is considered by many to be America's first great novelist. His most popular work, The Last of the Mohicans, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world, greatly influencing the way many cultures have viewed both the American Indians and the frontier period of U.S. history.

Biography

James Cooper (he added the Fenimore when he was in his 30s) was born September 15, 1789, in Burlington, New Jersey, to William Cooper and Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper. In 1790 the family moved to the frontier country of upstate New York, where William established a village he called Cooperstown. Although cushioned by wealth and William's status as landlord and judge, the Coopers found pioneering to be rugged, and only 7 of the 13 Cooper children survived their early years. All the hardship notwithstanding, according to family reports, the young James loved the wilderness. Years later, he wrote The Pioneers (1823) about Cooperstown in the 1790s, but many of his other books draw deeply on his childhood experiences of the frontier as well.

Cooper was sent to Yale in 1801 but he was expelled in 1805 for setting off an explosion in another student's room. Afterward, as a midshipman in the fledgling U.S. Navy, he made Atlantic passages and served at an isolated post on Lake Ontario. Cooper resigned his commission in 1811 to marry Susan Augusta De Lancey, the daughter of a wealthy New York State family. During the next decade, however, a series of bad investments and legal entanglements reduced his inheritance to the verge of bankruptcy.

Cooper was already 30 years old when, on a dare from his wife, he became a writer. One evening he threw down, in disgust, a novel he was reading aloud to her, saying he could write a better book himself. Susan, who knew that he disliked writing even letters, expressed her doubts. To prove her wrong he wrote Precaution, which was published anonymously in 1820. Encouraged by favorable reviews, Cooper wrote other books in quick succession, and by the time The Last of the Mohicans, his sixth novel, was published in 1827, he was internationally famous as America's first professionally successful novelist. Eventually he published 32 novels, as well as travel books and histories. Cooper invented the genre of nautical fiction, and in the figure of Nathaniel or "Natty" Bumppo (Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans) -- the central character in the five Leatherstocking Tales Cooper published between 1823 and 1841 -- he gave American fiction its first great hero.

Shortly after publishing The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper moved his family to Europe, but in 1833 he returned to America, moving back into his father's restored Mansion House in Cooperstown. He died there on September 14, 1851.

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Cooper was expelled from Yale due to his passion for pranks, which included training a donkey to sit in a professor's chair and setting a fellow student's room on fire.

Between 1822 and 1826 Cooper lived in New York City, and was a major player on its intellectual scene. He founded the Bread and Cheese Club, which had many high-profile members, including notable painters of the Hudson River School and writers like William Cullen Bryant.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1789
    2. Place of Birth:
      Burlington, New Jersey
    1. Date of Death:
      September 14, 1851
    2. Place of Death:
      Cooperstown, New York
    1. Education:
      Yale University (expelled in 1805)

Table of Contents

Chapter I.
Declaration of war against Algiers
Causes of the war
Com. Decatur sails with his squadron
Captures an Algerine frigate and brig
Treaty with Algiers
Loss of the Epervier
Settles difficulties with Tunis and Tripoli
Squadron of Com. Bainbridge
Com. Shaw left in command
Organization of the Navy Board
Increase and improvement of the Navy
Employment of ships on various stations
Death of Com. Perry
Death of Com. Decatur
Chapter II.
Mexican and South American Revolutions
Paper blockades
Piracies in the West Indies
Vessels ordered there
Captures by Lieutenants Kearney and Ramage
Com. Biddle sent with an increased force
Captures by Lieut. Gregory
Death of Lieut. Allen
Alligator wrecked
Captures by Capt Cassin
Difficulty of suppressing piracies
Com. Porter takes the command
Affair at St. John's
Arrangement of Com Porter's force
Various captures by Captain Cassin, Lieuts Stribling, Newell, Watson, Kearney, Skinner and Paine
Affair at Foxardo and Porter's recall
Com. Warrington supersedes him
Loss of the Ferret
Captures by Lieuts. Sloat and McKeever
Suppression of the system of piracy
Chapter III.
Potomac under Com. Downes ordered to the East Indies
Attack of Malays on the crew of the ship Friendship
Potomac arrives at Quallah Battoo
Landing of the forces and attack upon the town under Lieut. Shubrick
Sharp encounters at the several forts
Malays defeated and punished
Death of Com. Bainbridge
Deaths of several of the older Commodores
Chapter IV.
United States Exploring Expedition
Lieut Wilkes appointed to the command
Sails in August, 1838
Progress to Cape Horn
First Antarctic cruise
Loss of the Sea Gull
Progress to Sydney
Second Antarctic cruise
Perils and escapes
Peacock among the ice
Return to the northward
Extensive explorations among the South Sea islands
Attack upon Sualib
Murder of Lieut Underwood and Midshipman Henry
Severe punishment of the natives
Arrival at the Sandwich Islands
Cruisings among various island groups
Arrival and surveys upon the north-west coast
Cruise of the Peacock
Her wreck at the Columbia river
Return of the vessels across the Pacific
Rendezvous at Singapore
Course homeward
Mutiny on board U. S. brig Somers
Chapter V.
Capture of Moneterey by Com. Jones
Relations of United States and Mexico
Commencement of hostilities
Com Sloat's movements in the Pacific
Com Stockton assumes the command of Pacific squadron
Co-operates with Major Fremont
Enters Los Angelos
Los Angelos retaken by the Mexicans
Com. Stockton forms a junction with Gen. Kearney
Battles of San Gabriel and Mesa
Recapture of Los Angelos
Com Shubrick assumes the command of the squadron
Guaymas, La Paz, and San Jose taken
Capture of Mazatlan
Affair at Muleje and Guavmas
First defence of San Jose by Lieut Heywood
Various movements on the coast
Second siege and defence of San Jose
Garrison relieved by Commander Du Pont
Quiet restored in Lower California
Chapter VI.
Com Conner on the east coast of Mexico
Blockade
Expedition against Tobasco and Alvarado
Plan of attack on Vera Cruz
Minor towns taken
Loss of the Somers
Landing of the American army
Com Perry relieves Com. Conner
Bombardment of Vera Cruz
Capture of Alvarado, Tuspan and Tobasco, and occupation of Mexican ports
Skirmishes
Services of marine corps
Gen. Quitman
Death of Major Twiggs
Chapter VII.
Lieutenant Lynch s expedition to the Dead Sea
The Aretic expeditions of Lieutenant De Haven, Dr. Kano, and Commander Hartsteno
Japan expedition
Difficulties in China
Affair at Smyrna
Darien expedition
North Pacific Surveys
Storming of Canton Barrier Forts
Conflicts with Indians
Paraguay Expedition
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