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General Washington's Great Gamble by James L Nelson

Acerca de Sinopsis: One shining yet overlooked moment that changed the course of the Revolutionary War In the opening months of , General George Washington feared his army would fail to survive another campaign season. Our specialties include the Humanities, with an emphasis on Art, Architecture, Photography, Decorative Arts, History, Periodicals related to those areas.

We have very rare as well as fairly common titles. Current inventory is approximately 56, titles. Current stock occupies over 2. We are active buyers as well as very active sellers, and supply entire reference libraries as well as individual titles. We ship books everywhere. It was Oct. They selected a commander for the Continental Navy, Esek Hopkins, and commissioned 18 naval officers, established two Marine battalions; even established pay and subsistence standards; authorized prize moneys for the capture and sale of enemy warships; adopted a naval code of discipline drafted by John Adams; and formed an administrative body, the Marine Committee, to give guidance and direction to our new navy.

Commodore Hopkins was responsible for one of the early American naval victories when his squadron traveled south to the Bahamas in February Along with a battalion of Marines, the Hopkins-led squadron launched an amphibious landing on March 3 and raided the British colony of Nassau for military supplies that would benefit the Continental Army. The brig Nancy flying the flag of the United States, first hoisted at the island of St.

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Thomas upon the news the United States was declaring its independence from Great Britain. Before that declaration could be signed, however, the brig was destroyed after her supplies were off loaded by Lexington and Wasp crew commanded by Capt. John Barry.

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Drawn and engraved by John Sartain. Another American naval legend, Capt. John Barry, was doing his part protecting merchant ships as they brought supplies into the port cities of Philadelphia and Delaware Bay. In June , as the American brig Nancy, loaded with her cargo of weapons and supplies intended for the Continental Army, moved closer to Cape May, N.

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Barry, aboard his frigate Lexington and his companion schooner Wasp, were called to engage the two ships. Heavy fog caused Nancy to sail into the delightfully-named Turtle Gut Inlet.


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Barry and his men boarded and successfully unloaded her cargo while manning and engaging the British who had heavily damaged the ship. In a daunting gamble, Barry abandoned the Nancy, lowered her flag but not before leaving 50 pounds of gunpowder wrapped in the mainsail leading to the powder hold below deck.

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As British closed in, the fuse reached the hold … the explosion could be heard for miles. Barry, his ships and crew safely eluded the British and claimed both the victory and much-needed supplies.


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While those battles were mostly in American waters, another legendary Continental Navy captain was making a name for himself a bit closer to the motherland. Oil on canvas, by Thomas Mitchell , signed and dated by the artist, Official U.

George Washington's Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution

Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Then more than a year later on Sept.


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Despite his sinking and burning ship, Jones refused to strike his colors. A well-timed grenade landed near ammunition on Serapis, and its ensuing explosion allowed Jones to get the upper hand and board the British ship upon their surrender. The captain who struck his colors that day was British. The Bonhomme Richard, however, sank the following day.