To the Walls of Derne

William Eaton, the Tripoli Coup, and the End of the First Barbary War
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Binding:Hardcover
Published:September 15, 2017
By Chipp Reid (Author)

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EXCERPT: To the Walls of Derne: William Eaton, the Tripoli Coup, and the End of the First Barbary War.

Chipp Reid, author of Intrepid Sailors, continues the story of the war against the Barbary pirates of Tripoli—the United States’ first overseas war. To the Walls of Derne recounts the 1804 naval campaign to unseat Yusuf Karamanli, the ruler of Tripoli.

Using a three-pronged approach, President Thomas Jefferson first ordered the most powerful U.S. naval squadron the world had yet seen to the Mediterranean to begin the attack on Karamanli. Under the command of Commodore Samuel Barron, the squadron included many of the same officers who had made Commodore Edward Preble’s summer campaign in 1804 a success. Barron, however, lacked Preble’s aggressive spirit, and he also had to contend with a debilitating illness. Meanwhile, President Jefferson gave Consul General Tobias Lear carte blanche to broker a peace treaty with Tripoli. Complicating his mission were the more than three hundred American captives who had fallen into corsair hands in 1803. Although Lear could ransom them, he had orders to pay as little as possible for a treaty.

Against this backdrop, Jefferson had also approved a dramatic and daring attempt to oust Karamanli and replace him with his pro-American brother, Hamet. The mission was the brainchild of William Eaton, the soldier-turned-diplomat-turned adventurer who led an epic march across the Libyan desert that culminated in the first-ever U.S. flag raising over foreign soil and this young nation’s first attempt at regime change. 

Although all three men knew about the others’ missions, each wanted to be the one to end the war and reap the glory. As costs continued to escalate and as Congress became less willing to fund an overseas military expedition, the pressure to end the war increased. Jefferson, at first enthusiastic about Eaton’s mission, grew less and less supportive as time passed, even while Barron and Lear used the financial problems facing Eaton to advance their own solutions. With victory within his grasp, Eaton found himself in a high-stakes drama that would determine America’s place in the world and set the direction for future overseas diplomatic and military missions, all while shoring up the need for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Naval History
  • Hardcover : 376 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1612518138
  • ISBN-13: 9781612518138
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 25.44 oz
Praise
  • To the Walls of Derne skillfully shows the price our freedom costs and the depth to which our armed forces are willing to go to defend our country.” —Pirates and Privateers
  • “Chipp Reid has done a masterful job of bringing fresh perspective to the little-known but important story of America’s first overseas conflict—its war with Tripoli and the Barbary pirates. In this well-researched yet highly readable book, Reid also explores in-depth the controversial career of William Eaton and highlights some of the early Republic’s other leading military and political personalities. This is highly recommended reading for all students of early American military and diplomatic history.” —Sean M. Heuvel, co-editor of Yankees in Nelson’s Navy
  • “Although many recall the Marine Hymn’s praise of Corps heroics on “the shores of Tripoli,” few know the intrigues involved on the North African coast that helped save the Marine Corps from extinction. Chipp Reid’s thoroughly researched and engagingly written analysis of the diplomatic, political, naval, and marine aspects of the First Tripolitan War merits close attention as we encounter the intrigues of the contemporary world.” —David Curtis Skaggs, author of thirteen books, including A Signal Victory

CHIPP REID is an award-winning reporter and editor, a licensed shp captain, historian, and Cold War veteran. His book Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble's Boys and the Tripoli Campaign was named a "Notable Naval Book of 2012" by Proceedings magazine.

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