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By Mark Lardas

Hortatio Nelson, himself one among naval history's boldest actors, referred to as the burning of the frigate Philadelphia through the USA military in 1804 "the such a lot daring and bold act of the age." it's one of many vintage examples of a naval raid, a cutting-out motion meant to deprive the enemy of a boat. It made Stephen Decatur a loved ones identify, either in Europe and the us. This Raid identify describes the project to retake the Philadelphia, offering the mandatory heritage to appreciate the raid and following Decatur and his get together on a minute-by-minute account as he approached, took, and burned the Philadelphia. it's a helpful complement to Osprey's different books in regards to the Federal army, making it of curiosity to either critical creditors and new readers.

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The pause gave Decatur time to take stock of the situation. He had the frigate in his possession. For the time being, Tripoli was quiet. There was nothing between Philadelphia and the Mediterranean Sea but a few miles of water. Decatur must have felt the tug of temptation, the urge to carry the frigate out to sea, and restore it to the US Navy. Yet while Decatur always hungered for glory, he always tempered that hunger with reason. A brief glance at the ship showed that the only way it could leave harbor was under tow.

Preble’s squadron arrived in May, and Philadelphia’s officers were imprisoned through the rest of Preble’s tenure. They were not released until 1805. It is hard to see how Preble’s leadership skills influenced their careers. The remaining ten officers – Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, James Lawrence, Isaac Chauncey, William Burrows, Johnston Blakely, Lewis Warrington, Charles Stewart, Thomas Macdonough, and Stephen Cassin – had long and distinguished careers in the US Navy. Yet several of the young then-lieutenants who became the victorious captains of the War of 1812 – including Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, and Charles Stewart – were already marked as leaders before joining Preble.

These defenders faced opponents armed with cutlasses, tomahawks, and club pistols, working together to overcome resistance. Because the Americans were dressed like them, the crew aboard Philadelphia could not know whether an approaching man was an ally or an enemy. The Americans were not similarly handicapped. Anyone bellowing “Philadelphia” was a friend who would guard your rear. Everyone else could be cut down with impunity. In little more than the length of time it takes a healthy adult to jog 130ft, the Americans had cleared all Tripolitan sailors from Philadelphia’s spar deck.

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