This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 Excerpt: ...officer down on one knee with a fearful blow on the head, but while in this position Mr. Trippe seized the opportunity to run his powerful ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 Excerpt: ...officer down on one knee with a fearful blow on the head, but while in this position Mr. Trippe seized the opportunity to run his powerful foe through the abdomen with a boardingpike and laid him on the deck. Midshipman Henley, supposing the Turk to be dead, stepped over his body, but the Mussulman, conscious of the indignity, although in the agonies of death, seized Henley's ankle and gave it a violent wrench before he expired. During this struggle a Turk aimed a blow at SailingMaster Trippe from behind, but before it fell, Sergeant Meredith, of the marines, pinned the Turk to the deck with his bayonet. Mr. Trippe received eleven saber cuts in the affair. He spoke in high terms of the gallantry of Midshipman Henley, who supported 1804. HEROISM OP RICHARD SOMERS. 277 him. By this time gunboat No. 6 had again come alongside, and her crew hastened to the rescue of their comrades. As usual, the Tripolitans, seeing that their leader had fallen, considered themselves at liberty to flee, and were now plunging into the sea on all sides and swimming to their other boats or to the rocks in the harbor. This vessel was the largest of the Bashaw's gunboats. Such was the confusion and excitement of the moment that none of the Americans thought of lowering the Tripolitan flag, and the Vixen, observing her coming down on her, apparently manned by the enemy, gave her a broadside, which brought down the colors, mast, lateen yard and all, but fortunately injured no one. The remaining Tripolitan gunboats by this time had fled to the cover of their batteries, leaving three vessels out of the nine in the hands of the Americans. While this plucky fight had been going on at the eastern passage the larger vessels of the squadron were maintaining a vigorous bombardment of the town ...Read Less
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