Excerpt from The Navy as I Have Known It, 1849-1899
This is not precisely an autobiography, in the ordinary use of the word. My chief desire has been to give a faithful picture of life in the Navy by one whose naval career has covered half a century, and to show some thing of... the duties devolving upon the Service when some of our little wars are in progress, or even when the country is under the impression that we are in a state of blissful peace with all the world.
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