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Book Title: The Age of Fighting Sail: The Story of the Naval War of 1812|
The author of the book: C.S. Forester
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 396 KB
Edition: Chapman Billies
Date of issue: April 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780939218066
Read full description of the books The Age of Fighting Sail: The Story of the Naval War of 1812:Fascinating view of the war of 1812 from a British and almost strictly naval point of view. I've read several canadian and american histories of the war and they dealt mostly with the brutal onshore slog. The war of 1812 was fought mostly because the British were not willing to give up the practice of impressing US sailors into their navy. Illegal according to international law at the time the British in a desperate life and death struggle with Napoleon needed sailors to fill up their navy. The US was seen as a likely safe haven for escaping english sailors who became american citizens. The British in their desperation for manpower wanted to close this avenue as a way of escape for disaffected british sailors and so trod heavily on American sovereignty with this practice. The other main cause of the war was again maritime as the british were harassing US merchantmen in an attempt to keep an embargo in place on continental trade. The british were more willing to move on the trade issues but the british navy was intransigent when it came to pursuing perceived deserters.
The war was fought with no British concession on their boarding of american ships or the impressment of american sailors and the need for an embargo largely ended with the defeat of Napoleon at the battle of nations near Leipzig in October of 1813. The English though after this war were more sensitive towards american sovereignty as the cost and trouble caused by the war outweighed anything they could gain. The looked to deal with their problem of desertion by improving conditions and pay for sailors on British ships. One of the lessons learned from the war was that the american ships were often better lead, better crewed and gun for gun better built ships than their british counterparts. Some of the British successes from the war such as the investing of Chesapeake bay with a large naval presence had to be discontinued because the rate of desertion from unhappy sailors this close to the american shores proved ruinous to the navy and it's discipline.
All in all this was a very interesting view of this war that I'd never heard before.
Read information about the authorCecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
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