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British Account of The Capture of the Chesapeake

The Chesapeake figured prominently in the War of 1812.  In a previous post we outlined the infamous events surrounding the attack on the Chesapeake by the Leopard.  That event, 6 years prior to the action with the Shannon, was one of the precipitating events of the war.

Patrick O’Brian fans will recognized the events chronicled below as almost exactly as he depicted them in his book, The Fortune of War.    Next Friday we’ll feature an American account of events that does not correspond quite so well!

Shannon and Chesapeake


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Halifax, June 9, 1813.

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