Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812

Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812

by David Hanna
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Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 by David Hanna

On a September day in 1813, as citizens watched from the rocky shore of Pemaquid, Maine, two of the last and bravest military sailing commanders engaged in a battle that would change the course of the War of 1812...

Samuel Blyth was the youthful commander of His Britannic Majesty's brig Boxer, and William Burrows, younger still, commanded the USS Enterprise. Both men valued honor above all, and on this day their commitment would be put to the ultimate test.

Though it lasted less than an hour, the battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise was a brutal contest whose outcome was uncertain. When the cannon smoke cleared, good men had been lost, and the U.S. Navy's role in the war had changed.

In Knights of the Sea, David Hanna brings to life a lost era, paying tribute to the young commanders who considered it the highest honor to harness the wind to meet their foes, and would be immortalized by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The only major naval battle of the War of 1812, the battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise came to represent not only a military turning point, but a maritime era that would soon be gone forever.

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ISBN-13: 9780451239204
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 422,568
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Hanna teaches history at Stuyvesant High School in New York.

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Knights of the Sea 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly good read! Too many of these maritime history books beat you over the head with nautical jargon, and the bigger picture gets lost. After finishing the book I felt like I knew these two naval officers who commanded in the battle (Blyth& Burrows), and how they died in such a stupid war. Kudos to Hanna for bringing light to both.
lpd2 More than 1 year ago
Hanna writes with such passion, it's hard not to get swept up in this story. Highly readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Find it interesting that the author thinks the British impressment of U.S. citizens aboard U.S. ships was a necessary good that the British had to undertake in order to "keep the wolves at bay" for the good of the U.S. as well as the British. I thought this book was going to be about a specific sea battle between two ships during the war of 1812 but only about 10% of the book was devoted to the actual battle. The author decided to take the book into the pacific, the great lakes and land battles and other subjects for some reason, perhaps to fill up enough pages to publish a book.
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Oh! Srry i took a while. Lets go bak to our book. Who cares wat ppl say! Meet u at 1D wat makes u beuatiful book!!! Vanessa