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By William C. Hammond

How darkish the evening profiles the years 1805 to 1810, choosing up the place the fourth quantity, a decision to palms, ends. those years prime as much as the warfare of 1812 are devastating ones for the younger republic and for the Cutler kin. The life-and-death fight among the forces of significant Britain and France proceed in Europe, and the USA is stuck in an online of monetary and political chaos as President Jefferson and Secretary of kingdom Madison undertaking to maintain the woefully unprepared usa out of the imbroglio whereas even as protecting the nation’s honor. at the domestic entrance, the embargo acts initiated via the govt threaten the livelihood of the Cutler kin and different New England delivery households as service provider ships rot on their moorings and sailors sit down at the seashore, penniless. what's a ways worse to the Cutler relatives, even if, is a grave disorder that threatens the lifetime of its so much loved member.

Historical figures profiled in How darkish the evening comprise the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte, Secretary of the army Robert Smith, Robert Fulton and his prototype for a submarine, Captain Stephen Decatur, Captain Salusbury Pryce Humphreys RN, and Commodore James Barron. old occasions comprise the decline of slavery within the West Indies, the stark political variations among the Federalists in New England and the “War Hawk” Republicans within the South and West led via Henry Clay and John Calhoun, and the abuses at sea perpetrated via the Royal army opposed to American sailors. Such abominations achieve a battle footing after the so-called “affair” among the USS Chesapeake and HMS Leopard—as comparable from the British standpoint in the course of the eyes of Seth Cutler, a midshipman serving in Leopard.

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