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The Chesapeake & the Shannon... Battle of Sackett's Harbor...



Item # 647697

June 19, 1813

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 19, 1813  Near the back is a significant report on one of the more notable naval battles of the War of 1812, the Chesapeake versus the Shannon. The report has a small head: "The Chesapeake Frigate" with the article noting: "...informed that the day before they had parted with the Shannon, with the Chesapeake her prize, steering fro Halifax, 'which she had taken after an engagement of two hours and give her a d___ drubbing.' " And also: "...we learn that they say two large ships going in & shortly after heard a salute fired. They had not been informed of the battle. That the Chesapeake is captured we cannot doubt but the circumstances attending the affray are enveloped in mystery. Decatur's squadron remains at New London..." with more.
Following this is; 'Loss of the Growler and Eagle" which carries over to the back page. Other war related content in this issue as well under the heading: "Events of the War", including: "American Prizes" , a letter signed in type by: H. Dearborn, a letter from Fort George, a lengthy & detailed letter from General Jacob Brown with much on the battle at Sackett's Harbor; a letter signed by Isaac Chauncey, and more.
Complete in 16 pages, 6 by 9 1/2 inches, very lite scattered foxing, otherwise in very nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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