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Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 by James Barnes

In James Barnes' book, Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812, readers are taken on an exhilarating journey through the world of American sailors during the War of 1812. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in history, this collection of vividly told stories offers an immersive experience that will captivate both history enthusiasts and casual readers alike.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Barnes' remarkable ability to bring this often overlooked part of American history to life. Through meticulous research and a keen attention to detail, he paints a vivid picture of the maritime life during this time. From the bustling ports of Boston to the treacherous waters of the Atlantic, readers are transported into the heart of the action, experiencing the bravery, hardships, and sheer determination of the sailors firsthand.

Barnes deftly weaves together a series of captivating tales, each one showcasing different aspects of the War of 1812 and the pivotal role of American sailors. From daring sea battles to gripping accounts of life onboard, these stories are rich in both historical context and human drama. The author's storytelling prowess shines through, as he effortlessly balances informative narration with engaging dialogue and memorable characters, making the reader feel invested in their fates.

Moreover, Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors offers a comprehensive look at the naval strategies employed by both American and British forces during the war. Barnes ensures that the reader gains a deeper understanding of the naval tactics employed on both sides, presenting a well-rounded account of this aspect of the conflict. This, coupled with his ability to make complex nautical jargon accessible to all, showcases his skill in making history engaging and accessible.

Beyond its historical significance, this book also serves as a testament to the resilience and bravery of the sailors who fought during the War of 1812. The challenges they faced - from hostile waters to overwhelming odds - are expertly conveyed by Barnes, evoking empathy and admiration for those who served. Through their stories, readers are reminded of the sacrifices made by these unsung heroes and the lasting impact they had on American history.

In conclusion, Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 is a captivating and enlightening account of American maritime history during the War of 1812. James Barnes' impeccable research, exceptional storytelling, and dedication to historical accuracy make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the era. It is a testament to the bravery and determination of American sailors and serves as a valuable addition to the libraries of both history enthusiasts and casual readers.

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[Illustration: "It was Lieutenant Allen!"]

Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812


James Barnes

Author of "Naval Engagements of the War of 1812" "A Loyal Traitor," "For King or Country," etc.

With Numerous Illustrations by R. F. Zogbaum and Carlton T. Chapman.

New York The Macmillan Company London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd. 1897

All rights reserved

Copyright, 1897, By The Macmillan Company.

Set up and electrotyped October, 1897. Reprinted November, 1897.

Norwood Press J. S. Cusbing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

To my Brother


In presenting this volume of "Tales of 1812" it is not the intention of the author to give detailed accounts of actions at sea or to present biographical sketches of well known heroes; he wishes but to tell something of the ships that fought the battles, whose names are inseparably connected with a glorious past, and to relate incidents connected with the Yankee sailors who composed their crews "A Yankee Ship and a Yankee Crew" thus runs the old song; it is to exploit both in a measure that is the intention of this book. Brave fellows, these old time Jackies were. Their day has gone by with the departed day also, of the storm along captains, the men who carried sail in all sorts of weather, who took their vessels through dangerous passages unmarked by buoys, with only the fickle wind to drive them, who sailed into the enemy's cruising grounds, and counting on the good Yankee pine and live oak, had perilous escapes and adventures which fiction cannot exaggerate... Continue reading book >>

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