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Author McCranie, Kevin D.

Title Utmost gallantry : the U.S. and Royal Navies at sea in the War of 1812 / Kevin D. McCranie
Published Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 365 pages) : illustrations, portraits, maps
Contents List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. "Every Appearance of Hastening the Crisis": The Royal Navy, the United States Navy, and the Background to War; 2. "'A Little Bit of a Dust' With an English Frigate": The Opening Naval Campaign, June to September 1812; 3. "It Is a Thing I Could Not Have Expected": The Second Round, September 1812-March 1813; 4. "If We Could Take One or Two of These D--d Frigates": Reassessment of Britain's Naval Objectives, 1812-13; 5. "Cast Away ... or Taken": American Naval Failure and Reassessment, June 1812-Early 1813
13. "The Current Demands of the Service": An Appraisal of British Naval Operations, 1813-14Epilogue. "A Wreath of Laurels ... a Crown of Thorns": The Last Naval Campaign, 1815; List of Abbreviations; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
6. "Creating a Powerful Diversion": Secretary Jones and the Naval Campaign of 18137. "A Glorious Retrieval of Our Naval Reputation": The Turning Point, 1 June 1813; 8. "More Than Ordinary Risk": United States Frigates, Winter 1813-14; 9. "Pursuing My Own Course": The Essex in the Pacific, 1813-14; 10. "Some Hard Knocks": Reassessment--The United States, September 1813-March 1814; 11. "Into Abler Hands": Britain Turns to New Leadership, 1814; 12. "Repulsed in Every Attempt": The Culmination of the Jones' Small Cruiser Strategy, mid-1814
Summary Focusing on the oceanic war rather than the war in the Great Lakes, this study charts the War of 1812 from the perspectives of the two opposing navies at sea--one of the largest fleets in the world and a small, upstart navy just three decades old. While American naval leadership searched for a means of contesting Britain's naval dominance, the English sought to destroy the U.S. Navy and protect its oceanic highways. Instead of describing battles between opposing warships, McCranie evaluates entire cruises by American and British men-of-war, noting both successes and failures and how they transl
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Great Britain. Royal Navy -- History -- War of 1812
United States. Navy -- History -- War of 1812.
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Naval operations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 159114504X (hbk. ; alk. paper)
1612510639 (electronic bk.)
9781591145042 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
9781612510637 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles U.S. and Royal Navies at sea in the War of 1812