Esek Hopkins

(1718—1802) revolutionary naval officer

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(1718–1802) Revolutionary naval officer, born in Providence (now Scituate), Rhode Island. Hopkins was commander in chief of the Continental fleet, with the title of commodore. His refusal to follow congressional orders (to sail into the Chesapeake Bay for an encounter with the British there) and a subsequent embarrassing engagement with the British frigate Glasgow led to his censure (1776). He was removed in early 1778, following a formal complaint from all the officers aboard his flagship.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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