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Thomas MacDonough: Master of Command in the Early U.S. Navy

by David Curtis Skaggs

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Due to an apparent dearth of records this is mostly a professional life of the victor of Lake Champlain, though a very interesting professional life it was, as Skaggs considers the path that prepared McDonough to create a command from scratch and lead it to victory. The question this book raises, and which the documentation doesn't exist to answer, is where McDonough stood in relation to the rest of post-1814 naval mafia, as he held himself to a rather high moral standard that seems to have been regarded as priggary in other quarters. Also, having been a squadron commander, McDonough seemed to mantain an independent mentality that often did not go down well with his operational superiors, and that might have broken a man with a less glittering record. ( )
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