Thursday, July 19, 2012
The War of 1812 was pretty much a wash for the United States, two years of fighting settling nothing really, but it was a successful and important period for the US Navy. It's professionalism was cemented by the successes it earned in battle against the premiere naval power of its day, the Royal Navy. In particular, a series of single-ship action in the war's first months mortified the British and boosted American morale.
But some of that success came close to never happening on this date, 200 years ago, as the USS Constitution was nearly trapped by a far superior force of British warships. It was only through exceptional seamanship that the ship escaped.
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