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Proceedings of the General Court Martial for the Trial of Commodore James Barron, Captain Charles Gordon, Mr. William Hook, and Captain John Hall of the United States’ Ship Chesapeake, in the Month of January, 1808

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On June 22, 1807, the British warship HMS Leopard fired on the United States frigate Chesapeake after the Americans refused to return suspected deserters from the Royal Navy. Leopard subsequently fired back at Chesapeake, and the American captain, James Barron, surrendered. This volume details the charges and testimony brought against Barron in 1808, from which Barron was found guilty and temporarily suspended from the navy. Also contained within this manuscript is “Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry, Held at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, Upon Captain James Barron of the United States’ Navy in May, 1821.” The flyleaf is signed “J. B. Blake/U.S.N./Longwood/16th Sept [18]68.”

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USS Constitution Museum Collection. Ira Dye Gift.

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