Matthew Calbraith Perry; A Typical American Naval Officer: a Typical American Naval Officer (1887)

Paperback | May 20, 2012

byWilliam Elliot Griffis

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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. 1887 Excerpt: ... in the words of Rear Admiral John H. Upshur. "I shall never forget the thrill which pervaded the squadron, when, on the day, within the very hour of his succeeding to the command, he announced from his barge, as he pulled under the sterns of all the vessels of the fleet, in succession, that we were to land guns and crews to participate in the investment of the city of Vera Cruz. Cheer after cheer was sent up in evidence of the enthusiasm this promise of a release from a life of inaction we had been leading under Perry's predecessor inspired in every breast. In a moment everything was stir and bustle, and in an incredibly short space of time, each vessel had landed her big gun, with double crews of officers and men... Perry announced that those who did not behave themselves should not be allowed another chance to fight the enemy--which proved a guarantee of good conduct in all... Under the energetic chief who succeeded to the command of a squadron dying of supineness, until his magic word revived it, the navy of the United States sustained its old prestige." Not only were men and officers on the ships thrilled at the sight of Perry's pennant, but joy was carried to many hearts on shore. A writer in the New York Star, of August 7th 1852, who was on board the flag-ship during two days of the siege details the incidents here narrated. At the investment of the city there were still left in it a few American women with their children mostly of the working class, their husbands having been driven from the city by the authorities. Governor Landero was not the man to make war on women and children, and they remained in peace until the bombardment commenced. Then they thronged to the house of Mr. Gifford the British consul for protection, and he transferre...

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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. 1887 Excerpt: ... in the words of Rear Admiral John H. Upshur. "I shall never forget the thrill which pervaded the squadron, when, on the day, wi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021778206X

ISBN - 13:9780217782067

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