Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble's Boys and the Tripoli Campaign by Chipp Reid

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Culling myth from fact, author Chipp Reid uses the words of the naval officers themselves to share how their experiences in Tripoli shaped their naval careers, including their service in the War of 1812. Many of USS Constitution’s own 1812 heroes cut their teeth under Preble, including William Bainbridge and Charles Stewart. Whether it is the daring raid to burn the captured American frigate Philadelphia, the escape attempts of American prisoners, or the loss of Intrepid, Reid offers rare insights into the lives of America’s early naval officers and heroes. Reid also includes a number of interesting maps and vivid images throughout.

320 pages, Hardcover, 2012, Naval Institute Press.