Inside the US Navy of 1812-1815

While Great Britain’s Royal Navy was large and well provisioned at the beginning of the War of 1812, the United States’ navy was small and underfunded. Throughout the war, the U.S. faced challenges such as acquiring supplies and providing medical care to personnel. Dudley uses 25 years of research to argue that, in the end, the conflict was a stalemate, but the U.S. Navy’s contributions strengthened the nation overall. This book is the fourth in a series of in-depth examinations of America’s early war, entitled Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812.