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A Healthy Constitution: Dr. Amos Evans, Surgeon, U.S. Navy

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A Healthy Constitution: Dr. Amos Evans, Surgeon, U.S. Navy

This is the story of Dr. Amos Evans, a young surgeon who moved from tending patients in the Maryland countryside to participating in two of the most celebrated naval battles of the War of 1812.

Daily Routine at Sea on American Warships in the Age of Sail

To understand why seafaring was considered a good profession in the age of sail, we must look more closely at the daily routine of seamen in the early American navy.

Food and Drink in the U.S. Navy, 1794 to 1820

The specter of starvation loomed large in the minds of sailors, and many of their lurid yarns focused on ghost ships with depleted crews or cannibalistic castaways. To guard against such unfortunate outcomes, naval vessels typically stocked enough provisions for extended cruises.

Outfitting USS Constitution during the War of 1812

A description of Constitution’s material culture – the common items of everyday life – that went to sea during the War of 1812.

U.S. Naval Recruiting during the War of 1812

Like many other aspects of the early United States Navy, recruiting was a somewhat informal affair. Examine the minutiae of the naval recruiting process leading up to and during the War of 1812.