In 1950, Fletcher Pratt wrote a book titled Preble's Boys: Commodore Preble and the Birth of American Sea Power. He writes about a group of naval officers in the early Republic who helped to create a professional American navy in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Though his argument about their success because of their link to Preble may be flawed, the network they created is still remarkable in its intricacy and influence. This website strives to provide biographical information about these men, their ships, and the battles they fought in. Someday it will provide an analysis of their network.
A portrait (oil on wood) of Stephen Decatur, probably late in his career.
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Painting after Gilbert Stuart of Isaac Hull, USN.
Oil painting of battle between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere, fought on August 19, 1812
Oil painting of battle between the USS United States and the HMS Macedonian, October 1812