Young People's History of Our Country

Young People's History of Our Country

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...killed. A few minutes later, the second in command was mortally wounded, and then the third officer was disabled by one of the unerring riflemen. It was impossible to hold even such veterans to their work under so murderous a fire. They retreated to their encampment, and ten days later withdrew to their ships. In this memorable battle, still celebrated through the country, only seven Americans were killed and six wounded, while the loss of the British in killed, wounded, and captured was twenty-six hundred, of whom nearly one-third were killed. Shortly afterward news reached this country of the signing of the treaty of peace. The War on the Ocean.--The war, which at first was most vigorously contested upon the ocean, became more decisive as it progressed between the land forces. Still the little navy was not idle. On the 16th of January, 1815, the American frigate President was captured by the British ship Endymion (en-dee'me-on). On the 2oth of February, Captain (afterward Admiral) Charles Stewart, while cruising off Cape St. Vincent in the Constitution, which had long before won the reputation of a "lucky ship," fought the Cyane (sl'ane), of thirty-six guns, and the Levant (le-vant1), of eighteen. Stewart's fine seamanship enabled him to outmanoeuvre the enemy's vessels, and in the brief engagement, which was fought by moonlight, he captured both. In the following month, the Hornet took the British brig Penguin off the coast of Brazil. This ended all fighting (let us hope forever) between Great Britain and the United States. War with Algiers.--The Barbary States thought it a good time to renew their piratical attacks upon our commerce. Decatur, being now released from his enforced idleness by the blockade at New London, was sent with...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533119
  • 9781236533111