June 22nd -
In 1807, the U.S. frigate Chesapeake was fired upon and then boarded by the crew of the British battleship Leopold about 40 miles east of Chesapeake Bay.
This is pretty much where I am in reading my biography of Decatur. I know, I know, I've been reading this forever! No, I'm not a slow reader. I'm just distracted and busy. I don't get to pick it up very often. I am always tempted by the new stuff.....the new issues of "The Atlantic" and "Foreign Policy" both came in recently. Anyhow, Captain (later Commodore) James Barron just gave up the ship and it's not your usual Navy story.
HMS Leopard (right) fires upon the USS Chesapeake