Naval officers of the American Revolution : a concise biographical dictionary /
by Charles E. Claghorn.
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1988.
xviii, 363 p. : ill.
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Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1988.
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Bibliography: p. xvii-xviii.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-06:
With forewords by officers of various patriotic hereditary organizations, Claghorn's alphabetically arranged roster provides information on 3,500 naval officers and privateersmen (mostly American, some French) of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Information in the sketches includes the officer's name, colony, and, where available, such other data as home town, ships served aboard, captures participated in, rescues, etc. No information is provided on postwar activities or on deaths except for those officers dying during the conflict. The work is based upon well known secondary sources like Gardner W. Allen's A Naval History of the American Revolution (1913; frequently reprinted) and the Dictionary of American Biography; on published document collections such as Naval Documents of the American Revolution, ed. by William B. Clark (1964- ); and on the resources of various state libraries and federal repositories. This comprehensive guide may prove of great interest to genealogists and is a recommended purchase for those academic or public library collections specializing in colonial/genealogical/military titles. -M. J. Smith, Jr., Salem College (WV)
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Cloth reprint February 2003
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This volume is the first comprehensive roster or alphabetical listing of the surnames of over 3,500 naval officers and privateersmen of the American Revolution from 1775 to 1783. The book provides each officer's name and, where available, his home town, dateof his commission, name of his vessel, number of guns and men, his record of achievement or capture, plus a reference entry for each officer. Cloth Reprint: Originally published in 1988

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