In an earlier series of books the present writer told the story of the high achievements of the men of the United
States Navy, from the day of Paul Jones to that of Dewey, Schley, and Sampson. It is a record Americans may
well regard with pride, for in wars of defense or offense, in wars just or unjust, the American blue jacket has
discharged the duty allotted to him cheerfully, gallantly, and efficiently.
But there are triumphs to be won by sea and by land greater than those of war, dangers to be braved, more
menacing than the odds of battle. It was a...