Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution

"The history of this great nation seems to be fading fast in the minds of our citizens. The sacrifices our forefathers made to give us the freedoms we enjoy have been buried by most of the media these days. Only the brave journalists dare to cover patriotic events - and only brave publishers will print their stories. Political correctness and the “dumbing down” of Americans has all but erased the memories of our glorious fight for freedom. The Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution are presently fighting this trend. We are lobbying state and local governments to bring early American and colonial history back into our classrooms.

Events such as this one are designed to remind everyone of the importance of the American Revolution and the brave men and women who created this wonderful county of ours." - Ben DuBose


Story of the battle

The Last Naval Battle Captain John Barry left France on December 8, 1782, and arrived in the port of Martinique on January 8, 1783. There he received orders from Robert Morris, dated October 11, 1782, sending him to Havana to pick up "specie for Congress" and deliver the cargo to Philadelphia. Despite the long wait for the orders, Captain Barry prepared his ship for the journey.1 Along the way during his cruise to Havana, the Alliance had spotted various vessels just off the horizon, but was never quite able to identify them or give chase. Ultimately he realized that several British vessels were patrolling the waters and more than once he had to use the speed of the Alliance to avoid capture. [continued]

Next Year - Sat. March 9, 2019. - Event will be held at the Veteran's Memorial Center at 400 South Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island - -

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