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Glory, At Last! A Narrative of the Naval Career of Master Commander Richard Somers: 1778-1804

Koedel, Barbara E.

Published by Atlantic County Historical Society, Somers Point, NJ, 1993
Condition: fine
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Hardcover in deep sky blue cloth lettered in black and with silhouette of Somers on front cover. Fine. Issued without dust jacket.184 pp. with index, bibliography, glossary. Frontispiece reproduction of engraving of Somers ca. 1778. Illustrated with maps and reproductions. Exceedingly scarce monograph on the career of early American naval officer Richard Somers, a native of Great Egg Harbor in southern New Jersey. Extensive use of quotations from primary sources such as personal letters, dispatches, etc. Born in 1778, he attended the University of Pennsylvania with Stephen Decatur and served under Captain (later Commodore) Barry in the West Indies against the French in the late 1790s. In 1803, he was dispatched to fight the Barbary pirates under Preble. In the summer of 1804, was given command of a squadron of five gunboats and in September was given command of the Intrepid, a "volcano" ship intended to be sailed into the midst of a fleet of pirate corsairs and blown up. The ship, however, ignited prematurely, killing Somers and his entire crew. Bookseller Inventory # E8172

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Title: Glory, At Last! A Narrative of the Naval ...

Publisher: Atlantic County Historical Society, Somers Point, NJ

Publication Date: 1993

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: None issued

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