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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 Flag Officer

The Flag Officer

(p.67) 6 The Flag Officer
Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Colin Pengelly

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the role of Samuel Hood in the American War of Independence as a flag officer of the British Royal Navy. Now that Hood was in a theatre of active operations, he had a chance to demonstrate his abilities. However, he was only in second place in the chain of command under George Rodney. This chapter suggests that the appointment of Hood as second to Rodney was surprising to his contemporaries and explains that even in his later career Hood never achieved a victory in a major engagement.

Keywords:   Samuel Hood, American War of Independence, flag officer, Royal Navy, George Rodney

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