Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17 1813 Worries of War

Great apprehension prevails at Norfolk [Virginia] and Baltimore [Maryland], of an attack from the British fleet.  Should an assault be meditated, the one is as defenceless [sic] and accessible as the other.  Each holds out a distinct temptation.  But, except the destruction of the [USS] Constellation we should anticipate at present, no sufficient case for an hostile approach to Norfolk.  As the nest of privateers, and the hotbed of French trade an politics, Baltimore probably runs the greater risk.[1]

[1] Federal Republican, published as FEDERAL REPUBLICAN, AND COMMERCIAL GAZETTE.; Date: 03-17-1813; Volume: VII; Issue: 943; Page: [3]; Location: Georgetown, District of Columbia

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