FRIGATE USS CONSTITUTION V. HMS GUERRIERE!! WAR OF 1812 NEWSPAPER — “WAR”: NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 19, 1812

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Vol. 1—No. 13. Masthead motto—“Let the Rallying word, through all the day, be “Liberty or death.” Published every Saturday morning, (for the editor) by B.S. Woodworth & Co.—“at $2 per annum, payable quarter in advance.”

Four pages, three columns. Exhibits fold-marks, w/ very slight chipping at the extremities. Else near fine.

This spectacular issue contains a letter from Commodore Rogers to the Secretary of the navy, as well as the after-action report of Captain Isaac Hull of his victory over the HMS Guerriere, commanded by Royal Navy Captain James Dacre. Hull’s report concludes with the following excerpt:

“…in 30 minutes after we had fairly gotten alongside her the enemy surrendered, and had not a spar standing, and her hull, below and above water, so shattered, that a few more broadsides must have carried her down.

After informing you that so fine a ship as the Guerriere, commanded by an able and experienced officer, had been totally dismasted, and otherwise cut to pieces, so as to make er not worth towing into port, in the short space of 30minutes, you can have no doubt of the gallantry and good conduct of the officers and ship’s company I have the honor to command; it only remains, therefore, for me to assure you, that they all fought with great bravery; and it gives me great pleasure to say, that from the smallest in the ship to the oldest seaman, not a look of fear was seen. They all went into action, giving three cheers and requesting to be laid close alongside the enemy.

Enclosed I have the honor to send you a list of killed and wounded on board the Constitution, and a report of the damages she has sustained; also list of the killed and wound on board the enemy, with his quarter bill….I have the honor to be, with very Great respect / Isaac Hull.

A splendid collectible for naval aficionados. Along with their earlier exploits in the war against the Barbary Coast pirates, the victories of the Constitution and other American frigates in the war of 1812 were the making of the U.S. Navy. In protective sleeve.    [jp][ph:L]

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