In The Shadow Of Nelson

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Sir Charles Cotton served in the Royal Navy from 1772 to 1812. Unfortunately timing precluded his presence at Trafalgar, but he participated in other pivotal battles, including The Saintes and The Glorious First of June. His career culminated with command of a squadron based off Lisbon, Portugal, followed by commands of the prestigious Mediterranean and Channel Fleets. Each of these commands notably influenced the Peninsular War. This study helps to answer one of the most frequently asked questions about this era: How did British naval power contribute to the defeat of Napoleon? Krajeski expands current thinking about the Royal Navy's leadership and accomplishments during this period.

Cotton belongs to the most storied generation of naval commanders in British history. They first served during the American Revolution, participating in numerous combined operations and naval engagements along the North American coast, in the Caribbean, and elsewhere. The experience that they gained between 1775 and 1783 figured prominently upon the resumption of war against France in 1793. As a captain in the Channel Fleet, Cotton fought at the Battle of The Glorious First of June in 1794 and actively blockaded the French Atlantic ports; as an admiral between 1797 and 1806, he focused primarily on the blockade of Brest. In 1808 he achieved a modest measure of contemporary fame as commander of a squadron that supported Sir Arthur Wellesley's campaign in Portugal. Cotton subsequently influenced the Peninsular War as commander of the Mediterranean and Channel Fleet. He died while in command of the Channel Fleet.

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Krajeski is now on infantry duty in Tennessee, but has taught history at West Point. He examines Cotton's career as a typical British naval of his generation, who participated in the war for American independence as junior officers and assumed leadership of the Royal Navy during the ward of the French Revolution. His study provides a perspective on leadership development and clarifies why the Royal Navy had so many capable post captains and admirals from 1793 to 1815. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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PAUL C. KRAJESKI currently serves in an infantry battalion in Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

1 A Commissioned Sea Officer: The Formative Years, 1772-1783 1
2 Continuing Education: Service in the Channel Fleet, 1793-1797 17
3 Channel Fleet Admiral: A Decade of Understudy, 1797-1806 29
4 An Admiral's Flag at Lisbon: Squardon Command off the Tagus, January-May 1808 51
5 Portugal Takes Center Stage: Preparation for the British Army, June-July 1808 79
6 Cotton and Wellesley's Amphibious Campaign in Portugal, August 1808 95
7 Aftermath of Vimeiro: The Convention of Cintra and a Permanent Continental Foothold, August-December 1808 111
8 Succeeding Lord Collingwood: Cotton Takes Command of the Mediterranean Fleet, April-August 1810 137
9 Rising Tide in the West: The Peninsular War and the Mediterranean Fleet, September 1810-July 1811 159
10 Channel Fleet Command: The Peninsula Encircled, August 1811-February 1812 183
Epilogue 195
Bibliography 201
Index 211
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