School History of the United States

School History of the United States

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: Stephen Van Rensselaer. The British won a victory, driving the Americans Battle Between The "Guerriere" And The "Constitution" to the river brink and capturing several hundred. But it was a dear victory, for their brave commander, General Brock, had fallen dead with a bullet in his breast. War on the Sea.--Our victories on the sea during this fateful year of 1812 were in striking contrast with the continued failures in the lake region. Our navy was a pygmy compared with the powerful navy of England, and great was the astonishment when our ships won victory after victory on the sea. The most famous of these naval duels was that between the Constitution, an American frigate of forty-four guns, and the Guerriere, a British frigate of thirty-eight guns. The Constitution was commanded by Captain Isaac Hull, a nephew of the unhappy governor of Michigan, and the fight took place but three days after the surrenderof Michigan. The English captain had boasted that he could defeat any American ship that dared engage with him. The two ships met on the Atlantic eight hundred miles east of Boston, and there on the rolling deep they engaged in their death duel. For half an hour they poured forth their deadly broadsides when the Guerriere, totally disabled, struck her colors and surrendered. Seventy-nine of the English and fourteen Americans were killed. Captain Hull burned the ruined battleship and took his prisoners to Boston, and the people rejoiced from one end of the land to the other. There were many other American victories on the sea within the first year of the war. In October, 1812, the Wasp, an American sloop, captured the Frolic, after a bloody battle five hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina. Within the same month the...
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533429
  • 9781236533425