Sunday, January 30, 2005
They will have to wait, however, until 1812: The War that Forged a Nation is over. The book by Walter Borneman is wonderful. I can't put it down. Captain James Lawrence just died, yelling "Don't give up the ship!" The ship wasn't "given up" exactly - it's just all the officers were dead, as were many of the seamen, and the British just walked over and lowered the stars and stripes.
That's okay - Commodore Stephen Decatur's victory over the Macedonian was glorious. Washington, D.C. has yet to burn, and Francis Scott Key has yet to watch with horror from a British ship as Baltimore's Fort McHenry is bombed but not taken.