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Knickerbocker Commodore: The Life and Times of John Drake Sloat, 1781-1867

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The early years of the US Navy would be unrecognizable to us, as we are used to large standing navies and armies in peace time. But that was not the case during the early years of the American republic when it had a much smaller standing army and navy. This book takes a look at one Commodore, John Drake Sloat, and puts his life amid the times of the day. We start out by following his early career as the War of 1812 breaks out. While he had been part of the Navy for awhile, this is when he really makes it a career. After the war ends, like many people looking for commissions, he struggles to stay in the Navy and move up the chain of command before being forced to retire. What might be interesting for California readers is Mr. Sloat’s role at the beginning of the war with Mexico in the 1840s.

The author does a good job, though he does get bogged down in details at times. Mr. Castleman could have written an excellent book on the early Navy, but we also get one of the early commanders as well.

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Author:
Bruce A. Castleman
Star Count:
3/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
340 pages
Publisher:
Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press
Publish Date:
2016-Sep-13
ISBN:
9781438461519
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Issue:
January 2017
Category:
Biographies & Memoirs
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Publication Date

2016-Sep-13

Format

Hard

Publisher

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press

Issue

January 2017

Page Count

340 pages

ASIN

1438461518

ISBN

9781438461519

Star Count

3

Book Author

Bruce A. Castleman

“Knickerbocker Commodore: The Life and Times of John Drake Sloat, 1781-1867”

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