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Memoir of the Life of Admiral Sir Edward Codrington

Memoir of the Life of Admiral Sir Edward Codrington

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Edward Codrington (1770–1851) joined the navy at the age of thirteen. Having narrowly avoided freezing to death in Nova Scotia three years later, he went on to serve during some of the most important naval conflicts of his time. This two-volume biography was first published in 1873, and combines his own accounts with the research of his daughter Lady Bourchier. Volume 2 opens in 1827 as the English fleet, now under Codrington's command, faces the Turks at the battle of Navarino, now seen as a decisive moment in the struggle for Greek independence. It also includes accounts of the blockade of the Morea, Codrington's terse exchanges with the Ottoman commanders, and a vivid portrayal of the devastation that would ensue should his tactics fail. Structured around the first-hand accounts in Codrington's own correspondence, this is both an entertaining read and a useful resource for students of naval history.

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ISBN-13: 9781108044646
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - History
Pages: 644
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

1. September 22 to October 16, 1827. The French Admiral having arrived, the two Admirals send joint letter to Ibrahim; 2. October 16 to 24. The three Admirals' warning to Ibrahim; 3. October 25 to December 29. Combined fleets leave Navarin; 4. January 6 to February 28, 1828; 5. March 3 to April 20. W. J. C.'s letters about mission to Egypt; 6. April 20 to June 19. House of Commons, Greek slaves, Peel's speech; 7. June 22 to July 25. Note by W. J. C.; 8. July 25 to August 18. The three Admirals at Zante; 9. August 21 to September 9. Sir E. C. writes his defence against the charges; 10. September 11, 1828, to October 24, 1831. Return to England; 11. December 1831, to November 1839. Election for Devonport; 12. November 1839 to April 1851. Speech on behalf of the Navy in the House of Commons.

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