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In The Shadow Of Nelson

In The Shadow Of Nelson

by Paul C. Krajeski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313310394

ISBN-13: 9780313310393

Pub. Date: 01/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313310393
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/2000
Series:
Contributions in Military Studies Series
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

A Commissioned Sea Officer: The Formative Years

Continuing Education: Service in the Channel Fleet

Channel Fleet Admiral: A Decade of Understudy

An Admiral's Flag at Lisbon: Squadron Command off the Tagus

Portugal Takes Center Stage: Preparation for the British Army

Cotton and Wellesley's Amphibious Campaign in Portugal

Aftermath of Vimeiro: The Convention of Cintra and Permanent Continental Foothold

Succeeding Lord Collingwood: Cotton Takes Command of the Mediterranean Fleet

Rising Tide in the West: The Peninsular War and the Mediterranean Fleet

Channel Fleet Command: The Peninsula Encircled

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

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