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The Chesapeake & the Shannon...



Item # 647740

June 12, 1813

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 12, 1813  The prime content in this issue is the report which has a small head: "The Chesapeake Frigate" which reports on the historic naval battle between the Chesapeake & the Shannon. As noted near the beginning of the report: "...the Chesapeake frigate left Boston harbor...with the expectation of meeting the Shannon. We anticipated a glorious result, but alas! by some uncommon incident not yet explained, the event has terminated in the loss of that ship..." with more. This is then followed by a letter signed by: W. Bainbridge which begins: "It has become my painful duty as commanding officer on this station to convey to you the unpleasant intelligence of the capture of the frigate Chesapeake by the British frigate Shannon. The particulars...as follow:..." and what follows is his report on the battle (see photos). This text carries over to the next page.
There is much more reporting on the War of 1812 in this issue under the heading: "Events Of The War" taking several pages and including many battle reports signed in type by notables from the war including H. Dearborn, Isaac Chauncey, Jacob Brown, and Morgan Lewis. There is also a nice & detailed report on the: "Siege of Fort Meigs".
Complete in 16 pages, 6 by 9 1/2 inches.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. And being very close to the nation's capital it contained excellent reporting on the War of 1812. 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: War of 1812

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