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Excerpt from Colburn's United Service Magazine, and Naval and Military Journal, 1853, Vol. 2 In 1847, some casual event, of so little note that not one in a thousand could now describe it, turned attention to our military con dition, when the most competent authorities pronounced us to be so totally unprepared, in comparison with the constant power of aggression posseaed by France, that, in case of hostilities, our very national existence would be in a state of imminent danger. The economists, however, snouted any idea of providing a remedy for this hazardous condition; not on the question of fact; u this they ventured very Blightly to touch; but upon the argument that the Franc neither had, nor (by implication, to make the reasoning sound) ever could have, any inclination or interest for to war; and that Pmutionary measures would require a considerable expenditure, Which it was not worth incurring to avoid the trifling risk of having a French army in possession of London. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
On 26 October 1812, during the war between Britain and the United States, the frigate USS Essex set sail on the most remarkable voyage in the early history of the US navy. After rounding Cape Horn, she proceeded to systematically destroy the British South Seas whaling fleet. When news reached the Royal Navy’s South American station at Rio de Janeiro, HMS Phoebe was sent off in pursuit. So began one of the most extraordinary chases in naval history. In Pursuit of the Essex follows the adventures of both hunter and hunted as well as a host of colourful characters that crossed their paths. Traitorous Nantucket whalers, Chilean revolutionaries, British spies, a Peruvian viceroy and bellicose Polynesian islanders all make an appearance. The brilliant yet vainglorious Captain Porter of the Essex, his nemesis Captain James Hillyar of the Phoebe, and two young midshipmen, David Farragut and Allen Gardiner, are the principal narrators. From giant-tortoise turning expeditions on the Galapagos to the perils of rounding Cape Horn, via desperate skirmishes with spear-toting natives on the Marquesas and a defeated duellist bleeding his life out onto black, volcanic sands, the reader is immersed in the fantastical world of the British and American seamen who struggled for supremacy over the world’s oceans in the sunset years of the age of sail. Ben Hughes’s graphic account is a work of non-fiction, yet reads like a novel, from the opening view of the Essex preparing for her cruise on the Delaware River to the story’s bloody denouement in Valparaiso Bay.
This book chronicles the final conflict over the now almost forgotten Schleswig-Holstein Question, once a pivotal issue for the great powers of Europe. The campaign of Schleswig and Jutland was also the first of Otto von Bismarck s Wars of German Unification, which together created a united German Empire under Prussian leadership. The detailed story of this, the last of the Cabinet Wars, is told here for the first time in English, compiled from numerous published and unpublished sources, including many contemporary and first hand accounts, as well as official reports. This is an invaluable resource for any student of the mid 19th Century. Key topics include: * The historical background to the conflict. * The political crisis of 1863, the intervention of the German Parliament and the build-up to war. * Full descriptions of all military and naval forces involved. * The first phase of the war the defense and withdrawal from the Danewerke. * The siege and defence of the Dybbol position. * The Allied invasion of Jutland, and the naval war including the Danish blockade of north Germany ports. * The First Armistice, the London Conference attempts at peace talks and their failure. *The final phase of the conflict, including notably the Prussian conquest of the island of Als. The book includes: * Comprehensive orders of battle for the various stages of the war. * Informative maps, many adapted from early sources. * Numerous illustrations and photographs * Many informative charts and diagrams. * Detailed analysis of contemporary and later sources. REVIEWS a rare work in English on the short (272 days) Danish German War of excellent look at the nature of warfare in Europe in the mid-century, the rise of Prussia and the foundations of twentieth century Europe.NYMAS
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