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Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake$
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Colin Pengelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033136

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033136.001.0001

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The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down

(p.151) 9 The World Turned Upside Down
Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Colin Pengelly

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the reversal of position of the French and Royal navies on the second day of the Battle of the Chesapeake on September 6, 1871. It explains that the Royal Navy suffered much damage and casualties because of Samuel Hood's failure to act as Commander Thomas Graves intended. It analyzes whether Hood's failure to come into action with his division of nine ships was occasioned by a fit of pique or whether he was just an angry man with an axe to grind because of Graves' rejection of immediate assault for the line of battle's more formal concentration of force. Whatever reasons Hood may have had, his action or lack of it was to have fatal consequences for the war in North America.

Keywords:   Battle of the Chesapeake, French Navy, Royal Navy, Thomas Graves, Samuel Hood, North America

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