On a September day in 1813, as the Age of Fighting Sail wascoming to an end, two maritime warriors faced each other in the watersoff Pemaquid Point, Maine Samuel Blyth was the youthful commander of His Britannic Majesty sbrig Boxer, and William Burrows, younger still, commanded theUSS Enterprise Both men valued honor over life and death, andon this day their commitment would be put to the ultimate test.The battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise wouldbe the only major sea engagement of the War of 1812 witnessed by peopleon land, and, though it lasted less than an hour, was a brutal contestwhose outcome was uncertain When the cannon smoke cleared, good menhad been lost, and the U.S Navy s position in the war had changed.In Knights of the Sea, David Hanna brings to vivid life alost era a time when sailing vessels exchanged broadsides and navalofficers considered it the highest honor to harness the wind to meettheir foes This history pays tribute to the young commanders on eitherside, a vanishing breed who would come to be standard bearers ofcourage and fortitude, and would be immortalized in words by the poetHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Includes Illustrations Throughout The battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise cameto represent for those who witnessed it, lived through it, andremembered it something than a military turning point it becameemblematic of a maritime era that would soon be gone forever....
|Title||:||Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812|
|Publisher||:||NAL 1 edition January 3, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||873 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 Reviews
This book attempts to provide the reader with a history of the battle and an enlightening look at the captains involved. However, we end up with a collection of non sequiturs without discernible relationship to the actual battle or the captains. Not to mention seemingly little research or facts behind it. It's kind of like the author pasted in a few topics with the level of detail you would find in a wikipedia article and tried to tie it together without success.
David Hanna has truly made an historic moment of our American experience come alive. Hanna - a literary talent wove a tapestry of human endeavor about two good men. David Hanna's proximity to the classic battle of the sea permeates his very being-as he lived at Pemaquid Point, Maine as a youngster and could visualize the ships "Boxer" and "Enterprise" engaged in a death defying struggle of captains and ship-as Monhegan Island sat silently in the distance.
Bought the book thinking it would be about the engagement between
I bought this book to help round out my knowledge of USS Enterprise (#3). There be little in the way of new revelations, but it does a good job in bringing together some of the diverse elements to give the reader an overall understanding of this event. The author examines the countries, the War of 1812, the local community, the commanders, the ships, and the backdrop that lead up to the meeting of HMS Boxer and the USS Enterprise. The author also relates the post-battle activities.
This volume was a disappointment. While the information on the opposing commanders was excellent and very helpful, there was too much extraneous material in the book which was nothing but a distraction from the topic.
This book is more than the description of one small naval battle but is an insight into the motivation and values of sailors of that age. However it is more than that. It is an outstanding analysis of the causes and consequences of the War of 1812.
Well written engaging look at the time and factors leading up to and contributing to the battle and the effects it had on the surrounding communities.
Note, this review is based upon the Kindle edition of the book.