The Rise and Fall of an Admiral

Colin Pengelly

in Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033136
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038780 | DOI:
The Rise and Fall of an Admiral

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This chapter examines the ups and downs in the career of Admiral Samuel Hood. It suggests that the four months that stretched from his return to Barbados on 5 December to the Battle of the Saintes on 12 April 1782 were the high point of his professional career. It was during this period that Hood was able to build his reputation and demonstrate the talents he possessed that he failed to show during the first day of the Battle of the Chesapeake. It discusses Hood's reaction to criticisms about his action or inaction at Chesapeake and highlights his success at the Battles of St. Kitts and Saintes.

Keywords: Samuel Hood; admiral; Barbados; Battle of the Saintes; Battle of the Chesapeake; Battle of St. Kitts

Chapter.  15696 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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