Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Portrait Of Commodore Chauncey

Painting in the Comptroller's Office, City Hall, New York, owned by the Corporation.

It was not until the lesson of Hull's surrender had aroused the civil authorities that Captain Chauncey of the navy yard at New York received orders in September, 1812, "to assume command of the naval force on Lakes Erie and Ontario and to use every exertion to obtain control of them this fall." Chauncey was an experienced officer, forty years old, who had not rusted from inactivity like the elderly generals who had been given command of armies.

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