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Tango0127 Nov 2020 9:56 p.m. PST

"The War of 1812 had become the War of 1814 and, admist a chill, mid-December dawn, Lieutenant Thomas ap Catesby Jones must have braced his feet against the gently swaying deck of his gunboat flagship as he surveyed his nutshell command—four other tiny gunboats and one miniature tender—which he had just deployed across the entrance to Louisiana's Lake Borgne.

In the distance, a swarm of ship's boats, gigs, barges, and pinnaces inched toward his own miniscule flotilla. Obviously British, they were patently bent on doing the American formation grievous harm, and young Tom Jones had served in the gunboat navy far too long to have been anything but apprehensive about the outcome of the impending battle. Moreover, he had only to reread his orders to remind himself that Commodore Daniel T. Patterson—U.S. naval commander at New Orleans and Jones' immediate superior—didn't think much of his chances either…"


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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2020 11:15 a.m. PST

A very well written article. However, it suffers from having no references or bibliography.

Tango0128 Nov 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


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