The Dramatic Story of Old Glory

The Dramatic Story of Old Glory

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... Rodgers' hail, "What ship is that?" was answered by a flash and a ball that hit the mainmast of the President. What happened then is best told in a statement made by Rodgers after the action--note how he makes the Flag the keynote--"Equally determined not to be the aggressor or suffer the flag of my country to be insulted with impunity, I gave a general order to fire." A shattering volley smote the Englishman. The action was brief, and the President's opponent soon lay helpless, in distress. She was the English corvette the Little Belt. There was much controversy between the United States and Great Britain over this affair, and we find Old Glory figuring in the report of Captain Bingham of the Little Belt, when he says, "At 6.30, finding he gained so considerably on us as not to be able to elude him during the night, being within gun-shot, and clearly discerning the stars in his broad pennant, I imagined the most prudent method was to bring to and hoist the colors, that no mistake might arise." We have given this little account of a very minor incident in way of prelude to the real story of the Flag on the sea during the War of 1812, as revealed in a few dramatic scenes. That Great Britain made light of the defeat of the Little Belt, and regarded this country, in the summer of 1812, as an "insignificant Power" is clearly shown in a sentence that appeared in the London Evening Star in July of that year. That paper sneered at "a piece of striped bunting flying at the mastheads of a few fir-built frigates manned by outlaws." But England was to receive a shock that shook the whole structure of her naval traditions. Bear in mind that no European country had ever beaten her in a single-ship action;...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236643291
  • 9781236643292