Knights of the Sea by David Hanna
The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812

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On a September day in 1813, as citizens watched from the rocky shore of Pemaquid, Maine, two of the last and bravest military sailing commanders engaged in a battle that would change the course of the War of 1812...
Samuel Blyth was the youthful commander of His Britannic Majesty's brig Boxer, and William Burrows, younger still, commanded the USS Enterprise. Both men valued honor above all, and on this day their commitment would be put to the ultimate test.

Though it lasted less than an hour, the battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise was a brutal contest whose outcome was uncertain. When the cannon smoke cleared, good men had been lost, and the U.S. Navy's role in the war had changed.

In Knights of the Sea, David Hanna brings to life a lost era, paying tribute to the young commanders who considered it the highest honor to harness the wind to meet their foes, and would be immortalized by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The only major sea battle of the War of 1812 witnessed by landsmen, the fight between the Boxer and the Enterprise came to represent not only a military turning point, but a maritime era that would soon be gone forever.
 

About David Hanna

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David Hanna teaches history at University Neighborhood High School in New York. He lives with his family in Morris County, New Jersey.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by NAL Caliber Trade. 281 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Samuel Blyth, commander of the Boxer, facing off against William Burows, commander of the USS Enterprise, are the real stars of this book.

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