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By Sheldon S. Cohen

 
“Abraham Whipple is an ignored and just a little tragic naval hero, mostly misplaced within the dusty historical past of the Continental military, yet Cohen’s wonderful and seminal biography may still pass some distance in correcting this oversight.”—Sea History


“A welcome literary tapestry, a vibrant depiction of occasions woven including threads of sturdy scholarship and a focus to detail.”— New England Quarterly


“Anyone who's attracted to naval struggle in the course of the American Revolution must have this quantity on his bookshelf.”— Journal of America’s army Past


“An informative, whole accounting of a guy who will be one among our nation’s founding fathers.”—Pirates and Privateers


“The lifestyles and occasions of a seaman in peace and battle, a guy who knew good fortune and failure, a stout-hearted sailor and dedicated patriot.”— Northern Mariner

"Finally, after greater than centuries of dwelling within the shadow of different revolutionaries whose reputations were extolled and exaggerated, this exciting personality is dropped at lifestyles. via cautious learn Cohen has exposed a large choice of fabrics hitherto neglected. the result's neither hagiography nor muckraking, yet a delicately crafted biography that offers us new insights into the yank Revolution and the early days of the Republic."--William M. Fowler Jr., Northeastern University


"This is the 1st full-length biography of 1 of the extra profitable officials of the Continental army. because it is finished and exhausts what it really is attainable to understand approximately Abraham Whipple from the on hand resources, it's more likely to stay the definitive biography good into the future."--Michael J. Crawford, Naval old Center


Abraham Whipple (1733-1819) commanded insurgents who destroyed HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay and helped direct the winning invasion of the Bahamas. This little-known, but intrepid and regularly profitable Continental military officer contributed considerably to the struggle for Independence. An esteemed officer of the fleet, he spent his final years in frontier Ohio the place he was once revered and appealed to more youthful generations as a "representative of the Revolution."
           
Sheldon Cohen's biography of Whipple offers a glance contained in the lifetime of a Continental officer. He illustrates at a private point the complexities of naval conflict, together with Whipple's reliance on own funds and kinfolk connections to outfit his ships and pay his group. Cohen additionally unearths the commander’s therapy as a British prisoner of warfare, and his eventual migration west, laying off mild on stories shared via many innovative conflict veterans.


A quantity within the sequence New views on Maritime background and Nautical Archaeology, edited by means of James C. Bradford and Gene Allen Smith

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Their average age was twenty-four. 37 Some were youths who had run away from the bonds of apprenticeship or indenture; others who sought to escape to the sea were men who had deserted their wives or rakes who had left an Rhode Island Beginnings 11 impregnated damsel and her angry parents on shore. Then, too, among this collection of mariners were military deserters, debtors, petty criminals, bail jumpers, and an occasional prison escapee. Rounding out this group of seafarers were some fugitive slaves and free African Americans.

A daughter, Catherine (Katy), was also conceived prior to their nuptials. Such premarital occurrences were not unknown in colonial New England, and often in these cases the father would seek to evade responsibility for his actions. 51 The betrothed were declared man and wife that August day, and sixteen days later the newlyweds received word of Abraham’s next assignment, most likely from Sarah’s two uncles. 52 The vessel had originally been a French ship, captured by a Rhode Island Beginnings 15 British privateer, and was then purchased by Rhode Islanders who had fitted her out.

A daughter, Catherine (Katy), was also conceived prior to their nuptials. Such premarital occurrences were not unknown in colonial New England, and often in these cases the father would seek to evade responsibility for his actions. 51 The betrothed were declared man and wife that August day, and sixteen days later the newlyweds received word of Abraham’s next assignment, most likely from Sarah’s two uncles. 52 The vessel had originally been a French ship, captured by a Rhode Island Beginnings 15 British privateer, and was then purchased by Rhode Islanders who had fitted her out.

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