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A commodore in the United States Navy, WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE had captained several ships and was a military prisoner for two years in Tunisia by the time he was given command of the U.S.S. Constitution in September 1812. "Old Ironsides," as the ship was nicknamed, proved to be a formidable opponent. Bainbridge commanded the destruction of the H.M.S. Java in December of 1812 and wrote this blow-by-blow account of the battle. Get transcript

Victorious Bombardment of Port Royal, S.C. (GLC 02881.19)
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