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[Mexican War Service of the United States Navy]

The Broad Pennant

On February 3, 1846, the Rev. Fitch W. Taylor, A. M., sailed on the Frigate Cumberland bound for Vera Cruz, Mexico.  Over the course of the next two years, while Chaplain of the ship, Rev. Taylor kept a careful log of his experiences which became the basis of a book written by him and published in 1848 titled:

The Broad Pennant
or
A Cruise in the United States Flag Ship
of
The Gulf Squadron
During the Mexican Difficulties
Together with
Sketches of the Mexican War
From the Commencement of Hostilities
to the Capture of the City of Mexico


Spread over 415 pages is a unique, close-up perspective of the various engagements from a Naval perspective.  We've included some excerpt from this rare volume in this section of our web site on the Mexican War.

The Broad Pennant.  A Cruise in the United States Flag Ship of the Gulf Squadron, During the Mexican Difficulties Together With Sketches of the Mexican War. Rev. Fitch W. Taylor, A. M., USN.    Leavitt, Tron & Co., New York.  1848.

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