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CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Drawing of the ketch Intrepid, in a letter of 1804. (Papers of William Henry Allen, mss AN 51, The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. Used with permission.)

In the month of May 1801, men acting on orders of Pasha Yusuf Karamanli ceremonially cut down the flag of the United States in the city of Tripoli, beginning four years of hostilities known as the First Barbary War.  In the same month but a world away, Lieutenant Richard Somers was enjoying a brief shore leave, perhaps spending some quiet moments at the old brick homestead bearing his family name, which stands today in Somers Point, Atlantic County.  Read more…

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