The World Turned Upside Down

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 World Turned Upside Down

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This chapter examines the reversal of position of the French and Royal navies on the second day of the Battle of the Chesapeake on September 6, 1871. It explains that the Royal Navy suffered much damage and casualties because of Samuel Hood's failure to act as Commander Thomas Graves intended. It analyzes whether Hood's failure to come into action with his division of nine ships was occasioned by a fit of pique or whether he was just an angry man with an axe to grind because of Graves' rejection of immediate assault for the line of battle's more formal concentration of force. Whatever reasons Hood may have had, his action or lack of it was to have fatal consequences for the war in North America.

Keywords: Battle of the Chesapeake; French Navy; Royal Navy; Thomas Graves; Samuel Hood; North America

Chapter.  19320 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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