Chesapeake vs. Leopard, by Irwin John Bevan. The crew of the Leopard pursued and boarded the U.S. frigate Chesapeake looking for deserters from the Royal Navy. After a short battle marked by confusion, the Chesapeake surrendered having only fired one shot.
On the morning of 22 June 1807, the U.S. frigate Chesapeake slipped past Cape Henry at the mouth of the bay for which she was named and headed for the open sea. Snapping from her masthead in the freshening breeze was the broad pennant of Commodore James Barron.