A History of the United States Navy, from 1775 to 1893

A History of the United States Navy, from 1775 to 1893

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...induced to return fourteen badly wounded Tripolitans, who had been taken prisoners, to the enemy. These prisoners informed the Bashaw that "though the Americans in battle were fiercer than lions, yet in treatment of prisoners they were even kinder than Mussulmans." It was learned that the bombardment of the 3d had been more effective than Captain Preble had supposed. Captain Bainbridge, who was a prisoner in Tripoli, describes it as follows: "A number of guns in the battery were dismounted, the city considerably injured, and many of the inhabitants killed. A great portion of the people and all the foreign consuls fled from the city, with the exception of the benevolent Mr. Nissen. So devoted was he to the American prisoners that he remained at the risk of his life and property, in order that he might contribute to their comfort. In one of the attacks a 24-pound shot entered the window of a small room in the turret where Mr. Nissen, only a moment before, had been examining the operations of the squadron. At the commencement of the bombardment the Bashaw surveyed the squadron from his palace windows, and affected to ridicule any attempt which might be made to injure either the batteries or the city. He promised the spectators who were on the terraces that rare sport would presently be enjoyed by observing the triumph of his boats over those of the Americans. In a few minutes, however, he became convinced of his error, and precipitately retreated with an humble and aching heart to his bomb-proof chamber." At 9 A. M. on the 7th of August the squadron advanced to the second attack, the gunboats Nos. 7, 8 1804. THE MAGAZINE OP A GUNBOAT EXPLODES. 281 and 9 being commanded by Lieutenant William Montgomery Crane, Lieutenant James R....
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498313
  • 9781236498311