Joshua Barney, hero of the Revolution and 1812 /
Louis Arthur Norton.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2000.
xxiv, 227 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
1557504903 (acid-free paper)
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Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2000.
1557504903 (acid-free paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-03:
Naval hero Joshua Barney was forgotten by American history until Norton, a maritime historian and professor emeritus from the University of Connecticut Health Center, resurrected him from obscurity. Basing his study on a wide array of sources, Norton describes how Barney took to the sea, earned a commission in the nascent Continental navy, sailed as a privateer during and after the war, and later served as a commodore in both the French and American navies. Barney had a knack for survival--he was imprisoned by the British half a dozen times, he navigated the politics of the French and Haitian Revolutions, and he won and lost several fortunes. Organized chronologically into ten readable chapters, Norton's narrative analyzes the events that forged Barney's character and transformed him into the clever and competent leader whose life paralleled John Paul Jones's. Even though he was the only naval officer to win acclaim in both the American Revolution and War of 1812--he bravely defended Washington, DC, from a British attack in 1814--Barney has been relegated to the shadows of American history. Norton's biography retrieves Barney from that obscurity; recommended for all readers and all libraries. G. A. Smith; Texas Christian University
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Chronologyp. xxi
Molding a Marinerp. 1
The Continental Navyp. 14
Captive and Privateerp. 35
Home: The Hyder-Allyp. 62
Finale: End of a First Careerp. 85
Merchant and Politicianp. 100
France: Capitaine de Vaisseau du Premierp. 127
Rebirth of a Patriotp. 150
Defense of Tidewater Marylandp. 168
Twilight of the Commodorep. 191
Epiloguep. 200
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 211
Further Readingp. 217
Indexp. 221
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