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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

"As the roar of guns grew silent and the smell of acrid smoke dissipated in 1815, the U.S. Navy entered an era of peace that brought to the forefront petty feuds, personal jealousies, and political rivalries that embittered its officer corps for a generation. While the Stephen Decatur–James Barron duel constitutes this period's most violent episode, the controversy between Battle of Lake Erie hero Oliver Hazard Perry and his second in command, Jesse Duncan Elliott, sets a record for estrangement and bombast lasting nearly a third of a century…."
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Weirdo11 Dec 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Very interesting stuff. The difference in perspective is of particular interest. While reading, I had to keep reminding myself that for these men the matter was deadly serious, whereas to my modern sensibilities, it initially seems like the bleating of a dramallama.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2017 10:48 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!.


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