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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 Rise and Fall of an Admiral

The Rise and Fall of an Admiral

(p.194) 10 The Rise and Fall of an Admiral
Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Colin Pengelly

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the ups and downs in the career of Admiral Samuel Hood. It suggests that the four months that stretched from his return to Barbados on 5 December to the Battle of the Saintes on 12 April 1782 were the high point of his professional career. It was during this period that Hood was able to build his reputation and demonstrate the talents he possessed that he failed to show during the first day of the Battle of the Chesapeake. It discusses Hood's reaction to criticisms about his action or inaction at Chesapeake and highlights his success at the Battles of St. Kitts and Saintes.

Keywords:   Samuel Hood, admiral, Barbados, Battle of the Saintes, Battle of the Chesapeake, Battle of St. Kitts

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